At Monkey Haven: We have an adorable family of White-Throated Capuchins, including a new little cutie, who was born at the Haven in September 2015. Mum Lulu looks protectively after her two kids – while they, of course, run rings around her. Lulu and her mate, Peppino, both had unhappy backgrounds as maltreated pets – they now enjoy the good life at Monkey Haven, with their fab little family, and we couldn’t be happier for them all!
The lowdown: These smart cookies are considered to be one of the most intelligent of the New World monkeys and they are very good at puzzles, such as opening bottles of monkey nuts. Due to their ability to be trained, you often see them in films, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, and Ross’s monkey in Friends was a White-Throated Capuchin. In the wild, they are found in countries including Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama.
Diet: Messy foods that they can smear over their enclosure (such a porridge), lots of fruit and insects (they love locusts).
- In the wild, they live in trees and there could be up to 30 in a troop.
- They have a prehensile tail, which enables them to grip onto things – like trees and even food.
- To communicate, they make noises, groom and pull faces.
- They live for up to 30 years.
- Their biggest threat in the wild is the loss of their habitat due to deforestation.