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Tel: 01983 403883
enquiries@isleofwightzoo.com

Isle of Wight Zoo,Yaverland Seafront
Sandown, Isle of Wight
PO36 8QB

Meet the Monkeys

We currently have three species of monkey living at the zoo. We have spider monkeys and capuchins livings on-show, and some vervet monkeys living behind the scenes.

Our monkeys are fantastic at entertaining the public. They are more intelligent than the lemurs, and they like to outwit their keepers. Their favourite games usually involve destroying something, and they are all highly social animals.

Black Spider Monkeys

We care for a family of black spider monkeys - father Tino, mother Ellie and daughter Millie.

They are incredibly sweet and rarely show any aggressive behaviour. Ella spends a lot of time napping on the ground while Tino likes to retire to their bedroom area. Millie is old enough to explore on her own, but she likes to stay quite close to mum, running to her if in doubt!

 Their sweet nature runs out at feeding time and their table manners leave a lot to be desired. They have very similar behaviour to the black-faced black spider monkeys. They are very expressive and use a range of calls and body postures to tell us how they are feeling. Watch out for their excited chatter, the high pitched whistling they use at feeding time to beg for food and the coughing sound that signals anticipation.

When they are very excited they salivate (dribble) on their chests and rub their hands on their chest stimulating a scent gland. Spider monkeys spend most of their time resting and travelling to food sites in the wild. They often display short bursts of energy, swinging wildly around.

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Black-Faced Black Spider Monkeys

We also care for a pair of male black-faced black spider monkeys called Ike and Jackson. They can be distinguished from their neighbours, Ella and Tino, by their much darker faces. Jackson was born at Blackpool Zoo. Ike was born at Dublin Zoo and hand raised by his keepers. Ike can be identified by his much longer face and these two males are great companions, they rarely fall out and often curl up together to nap in the afternoons.

Ike is the most interested in humans and displays infantile behaviours towards his keepers because of his upbringing. They have very similar behaviour to the other black spider monkeys. They are very expressive and use a range of calls and body postures to tell us how they are feeling. Watch out for their excited chatter, the high pitched whistling they use at feeding time to beg for food and the coughing sound that signals anticipation.

When they are very excited they salivate (dribble) on their chests and rub their hands on their chest stimulating a scent gland. Spider monkeys spend most of their time resting and travelling to food sites in the wild. They often display short bursts of energy, swinging wildly around the enclosure and Ike occasionally runs upright on two feet. They definitely have one of the sweetest natures of all our monkeys.

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Brown Capuchin Monkey Family

We care for a family of three brown Capuchin monkeys, brothers Bailey, Harley and Timmy.

Capuchin monkeys are the most intelligent species of primate from South America. They like to be challenged by new experiences and are capable of learning complex tasks. These monkeys are always up to something and make sure that everybody knows it with their chattering and excited squeals. When they see a visitor they greet them at the fences but you can't help but think that they are trying to distract you from what the others are doing. These monkeys have very expressive faces and body postures and it almost seems possible to share a conversation with them.

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