We have to make a flash game to raise awareness of how bad it is to raise monkeys as pets. It is not yet illegal in the UK but the Monkey Sanctuary is trying to put pressure on the Government to make it illegal.The Monkey Sanctuary is base in Looe, Cornwall here is a segment from their about us section of the site."The Monkey Sanctuary is situated in beautiful woodlands overlooking Looe Bay in south east Cornwall. For many years the Sanctuary was dedicated to one species, the Amazonian woolly monkey, and was the first place in the world where these monkeys bred successfully outside of their native habitat. The Sanctuary now practices a non-breeding policy implemented by administering a contraceptive pill to the females.
The emphasis for the Sanctuary now is on the continued care and management of the woolly monkey colony and the rescue and rehabilitation of ex-pet capuchin, macaque and patas monkeys. The monkeys live in large interconnected enclosures, comprising both indoor and outdoor spaces.The Sanctuary draws upon close to 50 years of experience in caring for South American primates and prides itself on the quality of this care and the consideration of the monkeys as individuals. The original members of the woolly monkey colony were all rescued from zoos and the pet trade in the 1960s and 1970s. Thankfully, and as far as we are aware, the trade in woolly monkeys no longer exists in the UK, however the trade does still exist illegally in South America and one woolly monkey species (the Colombian woolly monkey - Lagothrix lagotricha ssp. lugens) is now listed on the IUCN red list as Critically Endangered and another (Poeppig's woolly monkey - Lagothrix lagotricha ssp. Poeppigii) is listed as vulnerable. Habitat destruction and hunting, both legal (sustenance hunting by local indigenous people) and illegal (for the pet trade and the commercial ‚Äúbushmeat‚Äù trade) ensure that numbers in the wild are declining rapidly. Patas monkeys are recognised as existing in numbers in the wild that do not give cause for concern for their survival as a species but it has been recognised by the IUCN that their numbers are in decline.The species of capuchin and macaque that we care for are not listed as threatened in the wild and, due to the complexities of national and international laws regulating the trade in these monkeys, the trade in these species is thriving in Europe, where it is still legal to keep a monkey as a pet.
We are working to end the trade in primates in both South America and the UK by supporting organisations that are working to protect primates in their natural habitat, and those caring for victims of this trade. We hope our efforts in these areas, along with our contribution to lobbying parliament to implement changes in UK legislation, will protect these highly intelligent individuals from possible extinction or lonely and unfulfilling lives in captivity. We also work to promote conservation and educate the wider public about ways in which we can change our living habits and the products that we use to protect primate habitats in South America.Conservation of habitats is not only a concern in South America. Closer to home we promote the protection of native species by devoting a large part of our land to a wildlife garden. Here we create habitats for local species such as the rare lesser horseshoe bat and pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly. Sustainable living is an important part of conserving natural resources both locally and globally. We try to minimise our impact on the environment by sourcing products which reduce harmful emissions and pollutants, reusing, recycling and living communally.
By opening our doors to over 30,000 visitors each year, we are able to share our experience of caring for primates, conserving the environment and living sustainably. We also regularly give talks to schools and local interest groups, support research projects, work closely with other sanctuaries and offer advice and assistance to other organisations in the UK and South America. The Trust's work is funded by opening to the public, our adoption scheme, street collections, grants, events and the generosity of our supporters."