Meet Maggie, a spider monkey, native to South America.The spider monkeys are endangered - due mostly to habitat destruction. Maggie is five years old and highly socialized to live with humans. She requires a great deal of care and attention. It is important to keep animals like Maggie have big brains that need constant stimulation and challenge. We take her out and around to meet new people and see new places as well as to integrate her into our presentations. She needs to wear diapers whenever she is out and about. Monkeys, for all their superior intellect, cannot be toilet trained. Putting the diapers on and keeping them on is quite an operation. Spider monkeys have long arms, legs and tails. The skin on the under side of the tail has a "fingerprint" - unique to each individual. Fingers are long to swing through the trees. Sometimes volunteers can form a line and Maggie will swing as though swinging from branch to branch. She likes to watch animal programs on TV.
W.O.W.E.E. is introducing several new programs and one of them is all about monkeys. We call it Primarily Primates - Come Monkey Around with W.O.W.E.E. Although, Maggie is the undisputed star of this show, there are several other monkeys and some other comparison animal ambassadors featured in this program, too. We have a list of the new programs on the website now. More details will be added in the near future along with photos.
It is now absolutely illegal in New York State for an individual to own any primate as a pet. Laws on exotic animals as pets are tightening more every day in New York and many other states - another reason not to have exotic animals as pets. It takes a dedicated community to give an animal like Maggie a full, healthy and satisfying life.