Zoe is a female long-tailed macaque who we estimate to have been born in 1996. She lived for five years as a pet in Ohio. Although her former owners treated her well, she became aggressive upon reaching adolescence and started attacking them, as most monkeys do in unnatural, human home situations. She was brought to the Primate Rescue Center in 2001 so she could live a more normal life amongst primate companions. She has adjusted well to living with other monkeys, but she still occasionally exhibits what are referred to as “abnormal stress behaviors.” These behaviors, such as pacing, self-biting, or rocking, are observed in many monkeys who were pulled away from their mothers at birth in order to be sold to humans as pets.

 Zoe has lived with several monkey groups during her time at the PRC, but currently lives with long-tailed macaque Opal. She loves to spend her days lounging in the sun or grooming with her companion, but often she is one of the more active monkeys living at the sanctuary; climbing, playing with toys, and moving around her enclosure to get a better view of any activity or monkey drama from her neighbors. She also enjoys digging through a forage pool filled with pine shavings, nuts, and yummy treats. She is a very sweet girl, and always gives a friendly face to her caregivers when they walk by or bring her meals. Zoe’s favorite foods are avocados, pears, frozen grapes, bananas, and peanuts.

Fall Fun at the PRC

Fall is upon us. The shortened days, crisp, cooler air, and the changing landscape from bold green to shades of warm amber, deep scarlet and sepia gold mark the beginning of many changes and inspirations at the sanctuary. The nutrition and enrichment programs at...

A Primate Pal for the Holidays

It’s that time of year when everyone is in search of the perfect gift for their loved ones and friends, and the task can become quite daunting. For the animal lover in your life, why not give the gift of sanctuary to a primate who lives at the Primate Rescue Center...

The Three Amigos!

One of our most friendly and delightful monkey social groups is Toby, Tonya, and Zoe, a trio of long-tailed macaques who came to the PRC from a variety of situations but have found loving companionship in each other as they spend their days at our peaceful...

Lip Smacking

We have over 40 monkeys here at the Primate Rescue Center, and the majority of them are macaques. There are many different species of macaques, but they all seem to share some common communication behaviors. One thing that is unique to macaques is a communication...