Some mornings Chiquito is cheekier than others, but the cage has to be cleaned regardless of his mood. Today he decided to wear Paul's shirt...with Paul.
Ideally Chiquito would only have contact with other spider monkeys at his age, but the juvenile cage isn't set up for that.
The solution? A cage designed for adolescent monkeys, followed by construction of a large pre-release area later this year.
There are stairs inside the gate, and there will be double entry doors on the back side. There will also be a door between the two sides of the cage that can be opened from the outside. This will permit someone to 1) move monkeys between the two sides of the cage, and 2) enter one side of the cage at a time for cleaning.
Stay turned for pictures of the finished cage next week!