This cage is a juvenile enclosure, for young monkeys ready to play and explore while still within parental sight. Here they can see me through my study window sitting at the computer, or see the whole great room through the kitchen window...and I can watch them.
But no more young spider monkeys have come to us for rehabilitation in the past year, and Chiquito and Lolita have moved out and up.
- two cages that can be opened into one big cage via the upper middle wall
- a "hatch door" between the two sides that is raised and lowered from outside
- a double-door escape area (with a heavy automatic outer door closure)
- drains in the tile floors on both sides
- a water spigot outside the cages for cleaning
- a roof covering half of the top to provide both sunshine and shelter
- more vertical "space" than horizontal square footage
- natural furnishings including bamboo shelters; trees and limbs for climbing; rope and bamboo ladders for swinging on; and wooden perches placed in the trees for sitting on
- limited access to the cage for humans via two gates and stairs on the side
At just a year-and-a-half of age, Lolita is less thrilled about spending her days where she can't see Mom. She could have continued to play in the juvenile cage for a few more months, but companionship with her own species is more important...although she and Chiquito still do not yet occupy the whole cage together. Lolita continues to spend the night in our bedroom in her (ever shrinking) playpen.