Monkeys


Origin: worldwide

We have monkeys which originate from the African continent (Old World) and also those which are to be found across regions of Central and South America (New World).These beautiful primates are amazingly intelligent and totally mesmerising ...which will be your favourite?

Did you know...?

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!

Meet our Monkeys

Vervet Monkey


Vervet Monkeys are found in areas of East Africa and live in savanna, forest and shrub land, but because they are so adaptable, they are also found in rural and urban environments.

Sebastian and Hercules

Our two gentle half-brothers were born at Blackpool Zoo in 1992 and are amongst the quietest of our residents here at the Isle of Wight Zoo. They are often to be seen foraging for their favourite food items, one of many enrichment activities which keep them focused and exploring natural behaviour for hours on end.

Spider Monkey


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 to 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!

Tino, Ella, Millie, Jackson, Daffy and Menga

In one enclosure lives a family of three hybrid black spider monkeys: 32-year-old dad Tino, mum Ella, 36, and daughter Millie, now 10 years of age; and in the enclosure next-door resides a related 34-year-old male, Jackson, and his two lovely female companions elderly Menga (now 42) and Daffy, 21, who are hybrid brown spider monkey sisters. Tino, Ella and Millie make a very sweet family unit, although according to her carers, Millie can be a drama queen and throws a tantrum now and then for the attention of her doting parents! Jackson is a reserved little chap, but very taken with his new companions, Menga and Daffy who joined us last year from Reaseheath College.

Capuchin Monkey


Brown Capuchins come from South America and are amazingly well- adapted to their environment, being incredibly intelligent problem-solvers. They are skilled at using tools to help them with obtaining food and will live in a variety of rainforest habitats.

Harley, Timmy and Bailey

Our three brothers were born here at the Isle of Wight Zoo and the oldest, Timmy, is the animal which has lived here the longest ...an amazing 31 years! At that time, breeding was not so strictly controlled, but now our monkeys would not be classed as suitable for any breeding programme, because of their genetic mixture of species (they are half Brown Capuchin, half Black-horned Capuchin monkeys) Harley is the boss and Bailey the most cunning of the capuchin crew, each with his own technique of obtaining food from enrichment feeders and their carers report that they like to spend time watching images on the ipad!

Common Marmoset


Common marmosets are found in rainforest regions in Brazil.

Mayara, Rodriguez and Leroy

Mayara, our little female, came to us in 2015 from the pet trade and she needed lots of kindness and patience as she settled in, gradually venturing out of her former tiny bird-cage home in which she felt secure and gradually exploring further afield in her enclosure and expressing natural behaviour. She was later joined by our two males, Rodriguez aged eleven, and Leroy, aged six, who came to us from Berkshire College, having been born elsewhere in the UK. This charming trio can often be heard calling to each other. Watch their technique they access their favourite food – tree sap!