This baby Woolly Monkey is an orphan and now lives at a rescue center. Primates, in general, are extremely social animals, and the babies need to be with a mother, even if a foster one. The moment she met her caretaker, she instantly adopted her as her foster mom and wants nothing more than to spend the whole day with her. The bond between the monkey and her caretaker is beautiful to watch! All babies love to play, regardless of species, but the resemblance in behavior shared between a baby monkey and a human baby is remarkable! Just look how adorably she plays with her foster mom, just like a human baby would!
Although baby monkeys can be super and cuddly, it is important to remember that they are wild animals, and should NOT be kept as pets! This baby lost her mother and was rescued from the black market precisely because people buy monkeys!
The Poeppig's Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix poeppigii), also known as Red Woolly Monkey and Silvery Woolly Monkey, shares the Lagothrix genus with four other species: Common Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha); Peruvian Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix cana); Colombian Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix lugens); Peruvian Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda). Although recent studies suggest that the Poeppig's Woolly Monkey and the first three species are actually all different subspecies of Lagothrix lagotricha, and the only separate species should be the Peruvian Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey.
This species of Woolly Monkey is endemic to the Amazon Forest, and studies show that its populations have decreased by at least 30% in the last three generations (45 years). It can be found in Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador.
They tend to live in medium-sized groups of 23, 25 individuals, although smaller groups between 10 and 23 have been recorded.
All species of Woolly Monkeys (Lagothrix sp.) are at risk of going extinct; from "vulnerable" to "critically endangered", they are all disappearing because of humans. Do not support the pet trade! Monkeys should be free!