Our Beautiful Primates
We have monkeys which originate from the African continent (Old World) and also those which can be found across regions of Central and South America (New World). These beautiful primates are now safe at our sanctuary in Sandown on the Isle of Wight.
Primates are amazingly intelligent and utterly mesmerising…which will be your favourite?
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 visitors comment upon 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!
Vervet Monkeys are found in areas of East Africa and live in savanna, forest and shrubland. Because they are so adaptable they are also found in rural and urban environments.
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 programmes. 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.