Our Beautiful Primates

At our Sanctuary, we have monkeys that originate from regions of Central and South America. These are known as New World monkeys.

Primates are amazingly intelligent and utterly mesmerizing…which will be your favorite?

Some species of New World monkeys, including spider monkeys and capuchin monkeys have adapted so that they can use their tail to grip. Monkeys are related to lemurs… And humans! We often hear our visitors comment how alike our monkeys are to themselves. When swinging through the trees to escape danger a spider monkey can reach a top speed of around 40 miles (65km) per hour!

Spider monkeys live in areas of rainforest in several South American countries and are so-called possibly because of their appearance. In their tree-top home when seen by humans as they gaze up from the ground it seems as though these creatures are all arms and legs, just like a spider. There is much conversation about the species types of our spider monkeys as all are of mixed heritage (hybrid) and are therefore not suitable for any breeding programs. They are all, however, amazingly agile and extremely intelligent and keep their animal carers well and truly on their toes!

Brown Capuchins come from South America and are amazingly well adapted to their new environment. This is mainly because they’re incredibly intelligent problem-solvers! They are skilled at using tools to help them with obtaining food and can live in a variety of rainforest habitats.

Tino, Millie, Jackson & Menga

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Species: Spider Monkey

In one habitat we have two hybrid Red-faced Spider monkeys: Tino and Millie. Next-door resides Jackson, a male, and his lovely female companion elderly Menga who are Black headed Spider monkeys. Tino and Millie make a very sweet unit, although according to her animal carers, Millie can be somewhat of a drama queen and throw a tantrum now and then for attention! Jackson is a reserved little chap, but is very taken with his companion, Menga who joined us from Reaseheath College.

Harley, Timmy & Bailey

small monkey

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Capuchin Monkey

In another habitat you can find our three brothers, Timmy, Harley and Bailey who were born here at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary. At that time, breeding was not so strictly controlled, but now our monkeys would not be classed as suitable for any breeding programme. This is because of their genetic mixture of species (they are half Brown Capuchin, half Black Capped Capuchin monkeys). Although Timmy is the eldest it’s Harley who is the boss! Bailey is the most cunning of the capuchin crew, each one has his own technique of obtaining food from enrichment feeders and their carers report that they like to spend time watching images on the ipad!