He was being kept as a pet and restaurant attraction. Confiscating him from his situation proved very traumatic even though it is totally illegal to keep any wildlife in India. (John had special recognition from the Animal Welfare Board of India, The Central Zoo Authority and the Department of Environment and Forests). The owners of
Raja came to us through the forestry dept who had been called when his elderly owners died. Raja was purchased as a pet when he was a baby and lived with him until he began to mature at around 2 years old. He started to bite and became more difficult to handle, and soon there
Before Rolo came to us he spent his life attached to a meter length of chain up a tree with just a little wooden house for shelter. Because he had nothing to do he would spend the day swinging on the chain which was attached around his neck. John spoke to the owner and showed
Nora was reported to the IAR center by a restaurant owner when she was seen being used for begging in Calangute. There was a gang of people with her who clearly realized that what they were doing was illegal and were ready to take off on motorbikes. For this reason John had to simply grab
Ex pet, he was released by his owner, who obviously no longer wanted him, in the area of our center. Still used to humans feeding him, he was stealing from the local villagers and generally making a nuisance of himself, before we managed to trap him. He now lives with Tilly and Sundance, another ex
Ex pet, he was released by his owner, He was with the older Cassidy and joined in the raids on local villagers. With no knowledge of proper monkey food , they were both underweight despite an abundance of leaves and fruit in the wild trees around us. He shares a pen with Cassidy and Tilly..
Tilly was a young female of about 2 years, found wandering in calangute still dragging her long rope lead, and bought to us by the forestry dept. She was obviously being illegally kept, probably for begging from tourists, as this is the main tourist area. She is of a friendly nature and gets on well
She was found as n abandoned baby at a mine in Goa and has been kept as a much loved and spoilt family pet. Her owners however, realized she was not living a fulfilling life and needed her own species for company so they contacted John and she was brought to the Tree House. She
Tansy was confiscated by the Forestry Department and brought by them to the Tree House. She has spent most of her life in a tiny cage devoid of any toys or even a branch. Not surprisingly her physical state is very poor. She is stunted due to lack of proper food throughout her life, but
Rani had been kept as a pet, chained to a tree in the garden for many years. Her owners bought her to us themselves, when they heard of our work. Rani is friendly to humans and has quickly learned to befriend other monkeys. She now shares a pen with Aaji and Tansy .