Cuqui was the first monkey to start her new life at Ecoparque el Fenix. She was donated by her owners when she reached adolescence, a time when most primate pet-owners can no longer manage monkey behaviour. In the wild, female spider monkeys naturally disperse from their natal group to find a mate, this natural behaviour can be distressful in a human environment.
Cuqui is a gentle soul, and loves to hold hands with people and other monkeys. She is very fragile as we believe she has a metabolic disorder, making weight gain very problematic. Cuqui needs a specialized diet to increase her weight, which is funded through public donations. As Cuqui was raised in an environment void of other primates for much of her life, she displays abnormal behaviours. Abnormal behaviours are believed to be a coping mechanism to captive conditions. Cuqui needs support in order to socialize with other monkeys properly, which she sometimes finds very stressful.
If you would like to help to fund Cuquis rehabilitation, please visit our ‘How to help’ page for more information or pledge a donation on-line: http://www.gofundme.com/53l8xk