No Longer Alone, Zumba Is Home
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ADI Animal Defenders International
March 2017

Free from his tiny circus cage and chain, Zumba is now swinging about his enclosure, surrounded by other spider monkeys. His rescue confirms there will be zero tolerance for any circuses in Peru attempting to use wild animals following ADI's enforcement of the ban.

zumba spider monkey

I have wonderful news to share with you. Zumba is back in the forest with his own kind.

One of the most crushing things for captive animals must be the desperate loneliness of isolation from their own kind. This was how Zumba the spider monkey lived, chained alone in a circus in Peru.

Now Zumba has gone home, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Amazon, and is already making friends, less than a fortnight after ADI raided the circus with wildlife officials and police!

He travelled by road, by plane and boat to ADI@Pilpintuwasi in the Amazon, and on arrival head of the family Pepe (also rescued from a circus by ADI) was the first to come and see the new arrival. Zumba looked suitably submissive and very soon the other monkeys were swinging down to check out and groom their new family member.

Zumba is currently in an enclosure within the main ADI spider monkey habitat, where he can be monitored before a full introduction, but is able to make contact with the group.

zumba spider monkey

Free from his tiny circus cage and chain, Zumba is now swinging about his enclosure, surrounded by other spider monkeys. His rescue confirms there will be zero tolerance for any circuses in Peru attempting to use wild animals following ADI's enforcement of the ban.

Pilpintuwasi is remote and perfect for our rescued monkeys (we have six different species there) but requires ongoing maintenance – for example we recently had to build a new well for water. If you could give something to help care for Zumba and the monkeys, please donate here or sign up to make a monthly recurring gift to help support ADI's animals in sanctuaries.

And here in the US, stay tuned—next Tuesday March 28th, the Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) will be introduced to Congress by Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) to end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling shows in the United States.

Take action for TEAPSPA here.


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