From the challenges of rearing an infant monkey to the ultimate lessons about love, commitment, and sacrifice, Bringing Up Ziggy is an extraordinary story that will touch the hearts of primates everywhere.
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Andrea Campbell has been foster mother to Ziggy since 1989, when the capuchin monkey was just five weeks old. Ziggy came to the Campbells through the Helping Hands program, a nonprofit organization that trains capuchins to assist quadriplegic individuals. Capuchins are known for their intelligence, manual dexterity, and friendly disposition—qualities that, when combined with patience and training, make for loving companions.
"Raising a monkey is hard work. I volunteered for this. I chose to become attached to his unique monkey-child. Life before Ziggy was not as interesting. I was not as committed. This is our story."