Success! Chris Brown’s Pet Monkey Is Living in a Sanctuary

After singer Chris Brown posted a video in December 2017 of his three-year-old daughter holding her new pet capuchin monkey, nearly 89,000 people signed a Care2 petition urging Brown to send the monkey to a sanctuary – which it fortunately has, according to recent news reports.

A year after Brown posted the video, Los Angeles city prosecutors finally charged Brown with two misdemeanor counts of keeping the capuchin, named Fiji, without a permit from Oct. 31, 2017 to Jan. 3, 2018.

Brown will be arraigned in February. He’s facing, at most, a $1,000 fine and up to six months of jail time.

In California, where Brown lives, it’s illegal to keep exotic pets like capuchin monkeys without a permit. When people concerned about the capuchin’s welfare notified the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), agents searched Brown’s Encino home in January 2018. At that time, news reports said one of Brown’s employees surrendered the capuchin to a CDFW agent. Fiji is now living in an unnamed Southern California sanctuary.

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Some of Brown’s fans who have been commenting on the Instagram post have no problem with him keeping a capuchin as a pet:

“They prob. just mad cause they cant afford to buy one,” wrote kaotic_burma.

“Over a baby monkey Chris gets six months in jail??? It be the littlest thing just to arrest us mannn,” wrote atpsaucegooftrop.

“Obviously the little monkey is treated with so much love,” wrote vegan,skincaretherapy. “To put charges against him is so ridiculous. Obviously he loves animals and is teaching his daughter that animals deserve as much live as people. Chris Brown Thank you for being a great loving example.”

No, vegan.skincaretherapy, Brown is definitely not teaching his daughter that animals deserve as much love as people. What Brown and his supporters may not realize is that baby capuchins like Fiji that are sold as pets are often taken from their captive mothers when they’re much too young – often only a few days old. “It is not hard to imagine the horror both baby and mother must feel during this forced separation,” says the website for Jungle Mates Primate Sanctuary, a nonprofit in Florida. It can take months for the mother to get over her grief.

Not only that, when people realize capuchins don’t make good pets or, as in Brown’s case, they’re illegal to own, the capuchins, like Fiji, end up in a sanctuary, or worse.

And it probably needs to be mentioned that Brown has previously been arrested for violent assault incidents, most disturbingly for viciously beating Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, in 2009. Three years later, Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault for punching a man outside a Washington, D.C. hotel. He was arrested again on a felony battery charge for punching a photographer in 2016. This casts a pretty big shadow of doubt over whether Brown would really have treated Fiji “with so much love.”

Take Action

Regardless of whether he must pay a paltry fine and/or serve jail time for owning an exotic pet, Brown, whose net worth in January 2017 was $30 million, should make a generous donation to Fiji’s sanctuary to help provide care for her and all the other animals living there. If you agree, please sign and share this petition.

If you want to make a difference on an issue you find deeply troubling, you too can create a Care2 petition, and use this handy guide to get started. You’ll find Care2’s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.


Photo credit: chrisbrownofficial/Instagram


Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D1 months ago

Great news!! Personally I think Chris Brown should be responsible for the cost of the monkey's life at the sanctuary. Maybe, just maybe that will teach him a lesson!

Thomas M
Thomas M2 months ago

Thank you for sharing

Helen C
Helen C2 months ago

He is a moron with way to much money!!!!!!

Renata Kovacs
Renata Kovacs2 months ago

Thank you for sharing,

Angela K
Angela K2 months ago


Vincent T
Vincent T2 months ago

thank you for sharing

Jeramie D
Jeramie D2 months ago


Colin Clauscen
Colin C2 months ago

Glad the monkey is now in a sanctuary.

Mark T
Mark T2 months ago


Mely Lu
Mely Lu2 months ago

Hope the sanctuary takes good care of the capuchin. Thanks for sharing.