Physical contact, attachment and grooming are some of the basic needs for the welfare of primates. Most of the monkeys that have been pets have not had the possibility to enjoy these privileges ever, thus creating serious behavioural problems, often irreversible and make future reintroduction into the jungle impossible.
This is the sad case of most of the capuchins that arrive at CIWY. However, we have a new socialization program in which the capuchins can relate to each other and improve their quality of life.
In our monkey management area “Earth”, we work with a system of cages, connected through tunnels. The tunnels have a system of two small doors, which to start of are closed, separating each monkey. As a first step, changing the monkeys from their cages on a daily basis, you can see if they get along when they are in neighbouring cages. If a constant visual contact is observed, an affinity between the monkeys, the second step is to open the first door, to allow, through the meshing, a first physical contact. At the same time, they can have their own space, simply by going back to their own cage. If the interactions between two capuchins is positive for a long time, as a third step, we can open the second door and let the animals enjoy their company forever, being in contact, playing, etc.
Our main objective is to try to recreate, as far as possible, their life in freedom, in nature, and therefore we see it is essential to create a stable social group.
This new socialization project has borne fruit in just one week: Newton and Sidum have never been seen grooming. But everything has changed thanks to our socialization program and the tunnel system! Now they spend a lot of time preening, playing and spending time together. Both animals have been pets. However, now, finally, they are able to recreate this type of behaviour so essential for primates and their quality of life. A great change that we all celebrate and that, especially in Sidum, has meant a great improvement in their well-being.
Moreover, it has significantly diminished the occurrence of stereotypical behaviours associated with stress in captivity, and behavioural problems with which they arrived at CIWY.
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