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Our Monkey Helpers: Celebrate 40 Years with 40 Monkey Profiles!

Festivale 40th anniversary

In celebration of Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers 40th Anniversary, we present you with 40 Monkey Profiles to celebrate 40 years!

Since 1979, Helping Hands has trained, placed, and cared for retired service monkeys. Be sure to check your newsletters, e-newsletters, and on all communication channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter this anniversary year!

 

Hellion: The Trailblazer!

Hellion was the first monkey placed with Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers. In 1979, she was placed with recipient Robert Foster; a Boston resident. Hellion was known to be quite bright.

Sophie: One Creative Monkey!

Sophie is gentle and sweet natured little 28-year-old capuchin. While she was at The Monkey College she was as motivated by hugs as she was by food rewards!

Minnie: A Perfect Companion!

Helping Hands service monkeys are highly regarded for assisting with a variety of household tasks to people living with spinal cord injuries and other mobility impairments.

Albert: The Class Clown!

Albert is a smart, funny, and quirky 34-year old monkey who lives at The Monkey College. After providing wonderful service to past recipients, Albert came back to live at The Monkey College.

Becky: "Queen" of The Monkey College!

Becky is one of the favorites among the volunteers and staff here at The Monkey College.  

Amy: A Longtime Friend

Amy and MaryKay have been together since 2004. MaryKay chose Helping Hands because she saw a news segment on TV that showed her just how helpful a monkey could be to somebody with her level of mobility impairment. 

Nicky: Mr. Sweet & Sensitive!

Nicky is a sweet 29-year-old male capuchin monkey who lives here at The Monkey College.

Spike: A little bit silly, a little bit serious

Spike is a handsome 32-year-old capuchin monkey.

Dorothy: The Bathing Queen!

Dorothy is such a love! She has quite a sweet and gentle nature about her.

"Sassy" Glassie!

What’s it like sharing your life with a 27-year-old capuchin monkey? 

Shy Shelly!

Writer Mark Twain once said "Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." We think Shelly would agree with Mr. Twain!

Dan the Man

Daniel is one funny, happy-go-lucky 30-year-old capuchin.

His best buddy is Charlie. They love to groom each other and lipsmack.  Unlike human lipsmaking, lipsmaking in the primate world is not considered rude.

Sampson!

Kim started at Helping Hands in 2014 as an intern during her undergraduate studies at Boston University. She enjoyed her internship and continued on as a volunteer.