Mig is a young female bonnet macaque who arrived with her mother and father at the sanctuary in August 2006, as part of a group of bonnet macaques retired from a research laboratory. All the bonnets were born in captivity and had spent their entire lives under laboratory conditions, having been used either for breeding or various behavioral research projects before being retired.
Arriving at our sanctuary meant that for the first time in their lives, Mig and her family were experiencing natural sights, sounds and smells. They initially were cautious of their new surroundings and the new sensations — the warmth of the sun, the open sky, grass and soil. It was more than a week before the group gradually started to venture down onto the ground and walk apprehensively across the grass. As their confidence grew, they became bolder, and after a period of acclimation they began to actively explore and enjoy their new environment.
Mig has become inseparable from another young female, Ecki. They were both only 1 year old when they arrived at our sanctuary and have grown up together in their new surroundings. The two spend their days playing with and chasing each other as well as the other young bonnets. They love to climb and swing from branches and platforms. They also enjoy foraging in the vegetation and soil, eating grass and other foliage. They still have a lot to learn but thankfully can look forward to a meaningful life at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.