Adoption profile: Tao

Adopting an animal is a fantastic way to support the work at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary.

Tiny orphan Tao came to us in February 2020 after being rescued from being sold on the side of the road. We don’t know exactly how he came to be there but it’s likely that his mother was killed by people hunting for baby monkeys to sell into the illegal pet trade. 

When he first arrived Tao was a terrified bundle of nerves. It took him a long time to trust people enough to drink from his bottle. As he was still so young, we decided to pair him with a first-time foster mum called Rain. Rain had always struggled to fit into troop life as she’d been kept alone as a pet and hadn’t learned the social skills monkeys need to thrive in groups. But she took to her new role like a natural! Within hours of meeting Tao she was meticulously grooming him and when it started raining she picked him up and hugged him tight to keep him warm. 

Tao was looked after by Rain until he was big enough to join a troop of his own, where he will stay until the troop is ready to be released back into the wild. He’s now a very outgoing and social little monkey. He found the transition into troop life very smooth as he seems to make friends with every monkey he meets! 

Your support will help our team care for Tao and his troop to make sure they are ready for release. We’ll perform health checks and vaccinations, as well as placing tracking collars on some individuals and constructing a special pre-release enclosure so that the troop can get used to their new environment. 

To give Tao a £25 sponsorship for one year, please click donate below.


Thank you for helping us give Tao and his new family a second chance at freedom!

Baby Tao after being introduced to new foster mum LWC
Rain and Tao