Do you have a pet monkey?
Primatologist Wayne Macleod has dedicated his life to care for capuchins and marmoset monkeys and to educate people who keep them. He has valuable information about the correct way to care for them.
Wayne has been to the Amazon Jungle three times to see the monkeys in their natural habitat. There are many people in Gauteng who own capuchins and marmoset monkeys and it saddens Wayne that some people don’t know how to take proper care of their monkeys.
“There is so much to learn about the needs of these monkeys being kept as pets. Education can save many monkeys’ lives and that’s the job I have committed my life to.”
Cold sores, shingles and chickenpox can kill and cause terrible seizures and suffering to the monkeys.
To Avoid this:
Don’t kiss your monkeys.
Don’t let them take food off your plate or out your mouth.
Don’t allow them to walk around freely where they can lick utensils, cups or even cigarette butts or run in the bathroom area.
Don’t allow them to groom your wounds.
Don’t even allow a lick in the corner of your eye.
Any bodily fluid can kill your monkey.
Don’t allow children or visitors to have direct contact with them.
To allow your monkeys to live long, happy and healthy lives, they must have their own big cage and a monkey friend, great toys, water and a variety of food at all times.
This female marmoset monkey came in not moving one bit and in extreme pain. Her teeth were not properly developed. Her spine crooked, her tail broken. She was not eating because of the pain. She was almost put down but has now gained weight after being put on a protein calcium enriched diet and receiving plenty of massages and direct sun for at least 15 minutes a day. She now eats and climbs but will never be able to be normally developed due to the fact that she has finished her growing age.
Main image: This six-month-old marmoset monkey had no hair and showed no sign of movement. It also had received no nutrition or sun. However, after six minths it was running around and started to look normal.