ikea monkey toronto

Indiegogo campaign seeks new home for IKEA monkey

Before Rob Ford turned all of Toronto into a giant crack cocaine joke, our international claim to lame was a little monkey in a shearling jacket. (That, and maybe The Love Guru.) Darwin the macaque, better known as the IKEA Monkey, was found wandering in the store's Vaughan location in December 2012. He quickly became the star of his own thee-ring media circus when his eccentric owner launched a court battle to keep the monkey in her care.

He was rehomed to a primate sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont.; now, the owners of the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary have launched a campaign to find him a new home. The Darwin's Dreamers Indiegogo campaign is seeking to raise $490,000; if that seems like a lot for a single foot-tall monkey, it's because they're actually trying to relocate the entire sanctuary, complete with 21 other monkeys, thanks to "change in our human family situation." (What are those other 21 monkeys, chopped liver?)

Still, the "56 acres of rolling hills with trees aplenty" they're hoping to purchase sounds pretty nice - I can't begrudge Darwin a little extra elbow room after what he's had to put up with. Check out the campaign here.


Latest Videos



Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Toronto divided on what street separates the east and west side of the city

There's a massive freedom rally and protest against Iran near Toronto this weekend

People in Toronto are worried about their commute as crowding returns to the TTC

Ontario wants to delay shut down of nuclear power plant in Pickering

Protest in Oakville over teacher with prosthetic breasts had school worried about safety

The Toronto sign just got a major facelift

What you need to know about the next Toronto municipal election 2022

There's a major problem with the Toronto municipal election