Name: Amigo, Pablo and Mickey - Marmosets
Date of Birth: Amigo and Pablo, Common Marmosets - date of birth unknown, prior to 2003, since they were adults on arrival;
Mickey, a Black-tufted Marmoset, born in 2005
Arrival Date: Amigo, Pablo, and Sanchez (deceased 2007) - all boys - arrived in 2003;
Mickey - female - arrived in December, 2008
Previous home details: The three boys came from a zoo in Western Canada where they were not wanted in the revamping of the marmoset colony there. Mickey was rescued by a friend of Story Book Farm when the pet store where she lived closed. Arrangements were made for Mickey to join the SBFPS family.
Condition upon arrival: Pablo had some wounds to his face and had lost part of one eyelid. Amigo was in good shape. Sanchez was missing a piece of his tail. His death was due to a bone marrow suppression and organ failures, consistent with old age.
Progress: Pablo and Amigo got on well together, sharing an enclosure - until the arrival of Mickey! The female caused them to fight each other, so they have been separated. All three can see each other and communicate constantly.
Personality Traits: Marmosets are all curious and want to know what is going on everywhere. They are also very vocal, emitting cackles, shrieks and high pitched trills. All of them like attention and enjoy moments when their human caregivers spend some time with them.
Favourite Activity: Pablo works vigourously at chewing away at a wood strut that he seems to think will allow him access to Amigo's area. Amigo loves his mirror and spends lots of time admiring the handsome marmoset in it. Mickey, our "diva", wants attention, and loves to be fed. She sometimes cackles at the people in the barn for no apparent reason.
Favourite Food: All three love crunchy things - but above all else, they search out the mealworms or crickets in their food bowls. If there are no insects, then they go for the mini-marshmallow first. Mickey enjoys munching on spiders that someone will catch for her. And Amigo loves a little corn on the cob.
Wish list from staff: Amigo needs an outdoor area, so we need materials and design to accomplish this. Pablo needs a larger indoor area, so again, materials and design for this are necessary. Mickey has a good sized indoor space, but could use a larger outdoor area. And more bugs!!!!!!
Name: Rosie and Komoto - Brown Lemurs
Date of Birth: Rosie - date of birth unknown; Komoto - date of birth unknown
Arrival Date: Rosie arrived in 2004; Komoto in 2001
Previous home details: Komoto arrived from a zoo in Ontario, to be a companion to the Ring-tailed lemur who was already at SBFPS. Although originally on loan, Komoto became a permanent resident. When Rosie arrived from the same zoo, she and Komoto became companions.
Condition upon arrival: Komoto was used to living in a small space, and for the first while, he ran in circles around a stump on the floor of his enclosure. Eventually he learned to climb and jump as a lemur should. An accident resulted in the amputation of one forelimb - but that does not stop Komoto from getting wherever he wants to go. Rosie was healthy and fit when she arrived at the Farm.
Progress: Rosie and Komoto have been good companions for as long as they have been together. Neither is shy, although Rosie is a little more assertive than Komoto. The two of them groom each other and snuggle up against each other to sleep.
Personality Traits: Rosie loves to be right at the door when dinner is about to be served. She loves to be the first to get her face into the food bowl and will reach out for any treat that might be offered to her. Treats offered to Komoto usually need to be fed directly into his mouth since he only has one hand, and he is using that to hang on!
Favourite Activity: Rosie and Komoto love to be outside and love especially those first spring days when their outdoor area becomes accessible to them.
Favourite Food: Both love all sorts of fruit - but grapes are probably one of their favourites!
Wish list from staff: It would be wonderful to have a larger space for these two - plans are forming of an expansion for them when materials, time and builders are all available!
Name: Remel and Buddy, Ring-tailed Lemurs
Date of Birth: Unknown
Arrival Date: November 2010
Previous home details: These two boys may be brothers, but that is not known for sure. They lived in a petstore in western Canada, where they were housed in a birdcage that had been partitioned into two spaces. It was necessary to separate them as they showed aggressive tendencies towards each other.
Condition upon arrival: They were both very tiny on arrival, weighing in at about 4.5 pounds each. Buddy showed very aggressive behaviours. Remel (aka Remi) was very timid, hiding under a blanket in order to feel some security.
Progress: Buddy is still aggressive - but he has calmed down a little and with time and trust it is to be hoped that he will become even calmer. Remi is much more comfortable now, still sleeping in his blanket, but much less timid overall. Both have gained weight, have brighter eyes and fur, and both now make full use of the space available to them.
Personality Traits: Buddy will still challenge people, so in the Barn, we try not to upset him by being too close or startling him. He can often be found high up in his enclosure looking down at everything going on in the kitchen. Both boys now have outdoor areas for the first time, and they love them!
Favourite Activity: Both boys enjoy a scratch, and will sit comfortably while someone they have come to trust gives them one.
Favourite Food: Although lemurs are primarily fruit eaters, Buddy and Remi eat a variety of veggies as well. Dried cranberries are a hit with both boys.
Wish list from staff: Remi loves his soft blankets to wrap himself in to sleep.
Name: Razzle (female), Kye (male), Kizmet (female), Smokey (male), Bandit (male), Keanu (male) - Ring-tailed Lemurs
Date of Birth: Razzle - Unknown; Kye - 2001; Kizmet - 2006; Smokey, Bandit & Keanu - 2005
Arrival Date: Kye - 2001; Razzle - 2003
Previous home details: Kye came from a small Ontario zoo as a youngster. Razzle came from British Columbia together with her partner. Her partner died during the trip and Razzle was frantic. She herself got very sick and remained so for the first couple of years at the Farm. Kizmet is the daughter of Kye and Razzle (an accidental birth). Smokey, Bandit and Keanu are three brothers.
Condition upon arrival: Razzle was very sick on arrival and it took a couple of years of care and medication to get her healthy again. It is thought that she is elderly.
Progress: Razzle is frail-looking and small. She is given regular supplements - which she shares with Kye and Kizmet - to make sure she gets all the nutrients she needs. Kizmet has grown into a healthy young female. Kye has been neutered so no more accidents can happen. The three boys are strong and healthy. Smokey tends to be the one in charge, and Keanu, the timid one.
Personality Traits: Razzle expects her Boost supplement and will wait at the door for it to be brought. All the ring-tails are curious, showing interest but not fear when things are going on nearby. There is constant vocalising between the ring-tails in the main section of the barn and the two boys (Buddy and Remi) in the kitchen, and the Brown Lemurs, as though they were passing messages to each other. When it is dinner time, Kye often has to wait until Razzle and Kizmet allow him to feed - the girls are in charge in Lemur land - so usually dinner is split into two dishes so everyone gets to eat at the same time.
Favourite Activity: Watching what is going on! Spending time outside, sunbathing!!!!!!
Favourite Food: In the early spring, they all love their dandelions, and some tree branches with leaves on them are always welcome!
Wish list from staff: More enrichment devices that the lemurs can use - they don't have as much finger-agility as the other primates.
Name: George, Black Spider Monkey
Date of Birth: Perhaps 1980 or even earlier - he is elderly
Arrival Date: 2003 (with Susie)
Previous home details: George came from a farm in Manitoba. When he arrived with Susie, it was understood that after George's death, Susie would return to the farm. But George did not cooperate in this, and it was agreed that the two could stay on at SBFPS.
Condition upon arrival: George's health was poor on arrival. He had much difficulty getting around his enclosure - he could barely walk and had no muscle power to use for swinging. He suffered with various bacterial infections over the next year or so.
Progress: George is presently in very good shape. He suffered an injury to his hand, but that does not deter him in the least. He uses both arms and legs and tail to get anywhere he wants to go, both inside and outside. Although we know him to be elderly, he does not show any signs of slowing down.
Personality Traits: George is very vocal, and will talk to everyone who comes into the barn. He is not very happy to have the dogs close by and will sometimes bellow at them. If you pucker up to George, he will be more inclined to think of you as a friend. George hates change, and whenever anything new is put into his enclosure, he vocalises at it, seeming to say "nonononononono". George and Susie were very close friends and would protect each other from any and all perceived threats.
Favourite Activity: George loves to talk!!!!!
Favourite Food: Like any good monkey, George loves his bananas!
Wish list from staff: George needs a water source that he cannot upend. He likes to spill his water bucket - but then he gets thirsty!
Name: Mr. Jenkins, a Black-handed Spider Monkey
Date of Birth: 2002
Arrival Date: 2002
Previous home details: Mr. Jenkins began life with people as a pet, then was sold to be a movie star. But he would not perform as required, so he was sold to a petting zoo where he was to be used in an educational program with children. He was too unpredictable for this work, so he went to auction. When he was not sold for the price that was wanted, he was returned to the petting zoo. SBFPS contacted that zoo, and over time they agreed to retire Jenkins to the Sanctuary.
Condition upon arrival: Mr. Jenkins' health was good when he arrived at SBFPS, but his behaviour was unruly and unpredictable.
Progress: Jenkins is gradually becoming less of a grabber/pincher. He gets training to increase the good behaviour traits.
Personality Traits: Jenkins loves to catch people passing by when they are not expecting it! He likes to hold hands with his care-givers. And when one of the dogs wanders into his part of the barn, he can howl up a storm!
Favourite Activity: EATING!!!!
Favourite Food: Jenks loves celery.
Wish list from staff: A larger enclosure with more swinging apparatus. More time for his "trainers" to work with him to keep making improvements in his behaviours. Jenkins would probably also benefit from the company of a female of his own species - not for breeding purposes, but for companionship.
Name: Cheeko, Black-tufted Capuchin
Date of Birth: Unknown, but Cheeko is elderly
Arrival Date: Fall 2010
Previous home details: For several years, Cheeko lived in a greenhouse in a garden centre in Ontario. He had no outdoor space and little in the way of comforts. His companion, a rhesus macaque, died. Previous to this, we have no information about Cheeko's history.
Condition upon arrival: Cheeko does not use his prehensile tail as a capuchin should, perhaps because these muscles have atrophied from lack of use. His teeth are just stubs, owing in part to the diet he was fed. He must have broken one of his fingers at one point, and it healed itself, but no longer bends. He was timid and wary when he first arrived.
Progress: Cheeko is now very comfortable at SBFPS. He still does not use his tail, but he is very chatty and curious. His eyes are brighter and his fur is healthier. He loves to visit and chat with the people in the barn when they are around his enclosure.
Personality Traits: Cheeko defends his people and will make a fuss if he thinks that one of the other residents may cause anyone any harm. He is always on the move - up and down, in and out - covering every inch of the space available to him.
Favourite Activity: Cheeko loves his mirror - he spends a lot of time talking to his friend there, and he always shares his meals with that friend!
Favourite Food: Cheeko loves his avocado - the only thing that he will not share with his friend in the mirror!
Wish list from staff: Lots of small unbreakable (baby) mirrors - they get pretty messed up and difficult to keep clean!!!! And it would be great to enlarge the outdoor area that Cheeko has available to him.
Name: Pockets, White-capped Capuchin
Date of Birth: 1992
Arrival Date: Fall 2009
Previous home details: Pockets was a well-loved and well-cared-for pet in British Columbia. He had generous space, a good diet, access to TV and even a pet guinea pig! His owner searched for a safe environment for Pockets' retirement, and located SBFPS. She flew herself and Pockets to Ontario, saw him safely settled in his new home and keeps in regular contact with the Farm.
Condition upon arrival: Pockets was in very good condition upon arrival - it did not take long for him to settle in to his new home.
Progress: Pockets continues to be an active and expressive resident. He has become well known as a painter, having had several shows and sold many canvasses. He is mischievous, always waiting for someone not paying attention to get within the reach of his long arms or strong tail. He is quick, always on the move...and very smart!
Personality Traits: Pockets will take advantage of any mistake that a human might make - so his cage has to be well secured...if he can figure out how to open the door, he will. He loves to play and interact with his caregivers - painting, playing ball, just about any activity that involves two. He also likes a gentle scratch from time to time, or to have his tailed gently petted.
Favourite Activity: Painting (he is famous as Pockets Warhol and his paintings are available on-line!), playing ball, teasing his neighbour Cheeko.
Favourite Food: Pockets loves all the fruits that appear in his dinner. And he likes the occasional gummy bear too!
Wish list from staff: More painting supplies - big canvasses, non-toxic kids' paint, small soft quilts.
Name: Nan, Hamadryas Baboon
Date of Birth: Approximately 1977
Arrival Date: Fall 2007
Previous home details: Originally from a large Ontario zoo, Nan went to a smaller one where she mothered several offspring. She eventually went to live with the owner of that zoo. She and Chelsea were housed together and came together to SBFPS.
Condition upon arrival: Nan was in good condition when she arrived, although she is elderly.
Progress: Nan continues to do well. She is almost blind, so moves cautiously around her space. But she knows exactly where everything is, so she has had no difficulties getting around. She moves slowly, due to her age, but she is very determined. Nan developed a hole in one of her neck pouches where she stores food. This was seen to by our vet, who removed some nut shells and cherry pits - now these items do not appear in Nan’s dinner.
Personality Traits: Nan loves the feel of the warm sun on her fur and will spend hours sitting just outside the door that leads to the "patio" of her enclosure. Since she sees poorly, her caregivers try to make sure any enrichment given to her is easily accessible.
Favourite Activity: Sitting in the sun. Eating the seeds that she finds in the fresh straw or hay she is given.
Favourite Food: Nan loves her lettuce and will often be given a whole head just for a treat.
Wish list from staff: We need to create a better space for Nan to be able to sit outside in the sunshine - something more than the small step that she now occupies.
Name: Pierre, an Olive Baboon
Date of Birth: 2001
Arrival Date: 2006
Previous home details: Pierre came from a zoo in Quebec. We don't know anything about his life there, but he was part of a shipment of animals sold off from this zoo. However, he was not wanted by the buyer of the other animals. The dealer involved contacted SBFPS and Pierre came to the Sanctuary.
Condition upon arrival: Pierre has always been in great shape - both physically and psychologically.
Progress: First of all, Pierre has learned English - he only understood French when he arrived at the Farm! As well, Pierre has been doing some clicker training with peanuts for a reward. If we can train him to shift between areas, it will make looking after him (feeding, changing water, etc.) a little less complicated. By rewarding him when he does what we need him to do, we are building trust between care giver and baboon.
Personality Traits: Pierre likes to know everything that is going on! He is always in his outside area when people arrive, and if you are carrying a bag, Pierre likes to know what is inside!
Favourite Activity: Pierre loves his food, and he looks forward to hunting for the treats that have been placed in his enclosure after it has been cleaned.
Favourite Food: Fresh grass is a hit with Pierre, and he loves his daisies too. And of course, he never refuses peanuts!
Wish list from staff: We would love to be able to send Pierre to a sanctuary for baboons in Africa. We have already gotten approval from this Sanctuary, so now comes the job of preparing Pierre for the trip. He would need a complete medical check up, travel permits as well as transport. And there would need to be considerable time spent to crate train him so he would not be terrified of the journey.
Name: Sweet Pea, an Olive Baboon
Arrival Date: 2006
Previous home details: Sweet Pea came to SBFPS from a private zoo.
Condition upon arrival: Sweet Pea suffered from some boredom-associated behaviours, like pulling out her fur.
Progress: Sweet Pea has made much progress and only occasionally reverts to her old behaviours. She has recently been relocated to a renovated enclosure and is settling in well to her new space. She seems to enjoy the company of Pierre, our male Olive baboon, but only when there is a barrier between them - Pierre scares her. But side by side, they have conversations and check out what each other is up to.
Personality Traits: Sweet Pea shows gentle, motherly tendencies. She loves to groom soft things - like plush toys or fur (either real or faux).
Favourite Activity: Besides grooming soft things like cushions or stuffed toys, Sweet Pea will spend hours looking for seed that has been sprinkled throughout her enclosure. She enjoys being outside and watching everyone come and go.
Favourite Food: Fresh grass is a favourite for Sweet Pea. She also loves her strawberries, she will stuff her mouth full and still ask for more.
Wish list from staff: Soft things for Pea to groom. LARGE plush toys are a favourite for her - she will lie on them totally relaxed.
Name: Julien, a Japanese Macaque
Date of Birth: 2003
Arrival Date: September 2008
Previous home details: Julien was born at a roadside zoo where he spent the first few years of his life on display, first with his family group, and later with two other young females. He was bullied by the girls who were older than him. One of those macaques, Lexy, came to SBFPS in 2006. Julien and the other female escaped from their enclosure in 2008. The female died in the escape attempt, and Julien was on the run for 12 days. When he was recaptured, he came to SBFPS.
Condition upon arrival: Julien had severe psychological issues on arrival. He was very agitated and would bite himself if humans looked at him.
Progress: In 2011, Julien was neutered. In early 2012, he and Lexy were put back together to share an enclosure. Julien is not nearly as aggressive as he was; he is much calmer and can make eye contact with his caregivers now. He has even requested a scratch from time to time. The change in his personality is astounding - and he is a calming influence on Lexy as well.
Personality Traits: Julien has gone from having highly self-mutilating tendencies to being a curious and much more gentle monkey. He often makes the little murmuring sounds that signify contentedness. He has learned to let us know when he has gone outside into the tunnel so we can safely put food into the enclosure.
Favourite Activity: Julien loves his swing. It has always been a favourite spot for him, and now he and Lexy share one.
Favourite Food: Julien loves his bananas - and if he can, he will get Lexy's before she does!
Wish list from staff: Julien (and Lexy) could use some new furniture. And they would love to have a pool of some sort. Both of them like the water and will "swim" to find bits of fruit thrown into the bottom of a child's swimming pool. However Lexy chews holes in plastic swimming pools so a more permanent structure is required.
Name: Lexy, a Japanese Macaque
Date of Birth: 2002
Arrival Date: 2008
Previous home details: Lexy's first experience with people was as a pet. She and another female macaque were privately owned, but as they matured, they became too much for their owners to handle. At that point, they were given to a roadside zoo in Ontario. Lexy and the other female were housed with Julien, until Lexy came to SBFPS to be a companion to another Japanese macaque, Yoshi, who died in 2009.
Condition upon arrival: Lexy was a very aggressive animal. She dominated the other macaques at her previous residence, but she submitted to Yoshi and got along well with him. She was not friendly with people and displayed aggressive tendencies towards them.
Progress: Lexy is still aggressive, but since she and Julien have been sharing space, she is calmer towards her human caregivers.
Personality Traits: Lexy likes dolls and carries them with her as a comfort. She has less need of it now that Julien shares her enclosure and she has another of her own species to groom. She sometimes appears to be a little jealous of the attention that Julien gets.
Favourite Activity: Lexy enjoys the contact she has with Julien and their mutual grooming sessions.
Favourite Food: Lexy loves her bananas and her peanuts!
Wish list from staff: Lexy (and Julien) would benefit from a pool of some sort in their enclosure. Macaques are swimmers, and both Lexy and Julien like to go into the water to retrieve bits of fruit thrown into a child's wading pool. We need a stronger, more permanent structure for them as Lexy tends to chew plastic kiddie pools when they are put into her enclosure.
Name: Chelsea, Hamadryas Baboon
Date of Birth: 1991
Date of Death: July 16, 2012, unknown causes, but believed to be a heart attack or stroke
Arrival Date: Fall, 2007
Previous home details: Chelsea was born at a small Ontario zoo, but she eventually went to live with one of the owners of that zoo.
Condition upon arrival: Chelsea was in good health.
Progress: Chelsea had been diagnosed with a thyroid problem, and for the last two years she was on medication for this. As a result she lost a great deal of weight - she got around her enclosure much more quickly, climbing and playing and being much more active in general.
Personality Traits: Chelsea loved boots and shoes - she had dozens of them. And she had favourites amongst them as well - she would be upset and scream at you if you attempted to remove one of her favourites on any given day - which made it a challenge to wash them occasionally. She loved to throw her shoes and her ball around when the old straw had been removed from the floor of her enclosure. She developed relationships with some of her caregivers - sometimes she wanted to hold their hand or groom their arms for a while. And she loved to watch movies on TV - she would get excited when she saw something she liked or she would scream when she saw something she did not like.
Favourite Activity: Playing with her ball, or a hula hoop. Tossing her shoes up in the air or giving them a ride on her back. Watching TV. Supervising the cleaning of her enclosure.
Favourite Food: Chelsea loved her watermelon - and just about anything sweet. She was mastering drinking from a bottle or a glass, liked her pomegranate juice!
Wish list from staff: Without Chelsea, Nan is now alone. A suitable companion for Nan would be welcome.
Name: Susie, Black Spider Monkey
Date of Birth: Perhaps 1977, or even earlier - she was elderly
Date of Death: August 23, 2012, peacefully, of old age, in her sleep
Arrival Date: 2003, with George
Previous home details: Susie was probably a pet originally, but given up to a zoo when her owners no longer wanted her. Over time, details are lacking, but she ended up on a farm in Manitoba with George. After George's death, she was expected to return to Manitoba, but since George did not die, it was agreed that both monkeys would stay at SBFPS.
Condition upon arrival: Susie was in poor health at her arrival. She suffered from various bacterial infections over the next year or so. Her teeth were rotten, and caused her to have abscesses on the right side of her face. The bad teeth were extracted and Susie recovered.
Progress: Susie's health was generally good, although winter was a tough time for her - she seemed to miss the sun. But she responded to extra nutrition in the form of a liquid supplement.
Personality Traits: Susie was a sprightly little old lady and loved to know what was going on. She generally came over to greet people as they arrived in the Barn, and if she was feeling particularly friendly toward you, she might extend her tail around you and give you a hug. She was fiercely protective of George.
Favourite Activity: Susie loved nothing better than to lie on her outdoor platform in the sun.
Favourite Food: Susie loved her bananas, and she seemed to enjoy her servings of liquid protein supplement!
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