How to Get a Monkey?

If you’re interested in buying a pet monkey, you’re not alone. Small monkeys seem cute and cuddly and are attention-getters, but they are also intelligent and at times, even human-like. However, you should carefully consider all factors before you bring home a new simian friend.

Pets4You – This site occasionally has monkey and primate breeders listed with contact information so that you can find one that lives close to you. They are cute, small monkeys that are difficult to keep in a home due to a host of behavioral issues.

Squirrel monkeys are a handful as they love climbing and swinging as part of their natural behaviors. If not given a proper environment to live and mental and physical enrichment, they can quickly become aggressive and destructive. They may not like the other people in your life, and since they tend to be aggressive as adults, you may run into biting and other unpredictable behaviors.

Although they are quite intelligent, you will find it much more difficult to train them compared to the average dog that is focused on working with you. Finding the room for a cage and keeping the items inside clean and in good condition is a huge time commitment, as well as costly. A permit is required to own them in Arizona, Delaware, Florida (except for Chimpanzees which are illegal), Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee (except for Chimpanzees which are illegal), Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The Primates Sanctuary estimates the cost of owning a monkey over the course of its lifetime to about $50,000 to $60,000 because they need a varied diet and lots of enclosed space to play both indoors and out. Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Florida takes in monkeys that are relinquished as pets from owners who either could not handle their care or had them illegally. They have a list of incidents on their website of aggressive behavior of monkeys toward people, including their own owners.

The cost of buying and keeping monkeys The potential for aggressive and destructive behavior Inability to house train them and the cage requirements

Can you legally get a monkey?

Pet Monkeys Allowed. Currently, Washington state, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Alabama, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina have no restrictions on keeping monkeys as pets.

How can I legally buy a monkey?

In California, monkeys and other primates can only be possessed by qualified people issued a permit for a specific legal purpose – such as training monkeys to perform in film and television productions or for use in medical research.

How much is a monkey?

Typical costs: Monkeys cost between $4,000 and $8,000 each, depending on the monkey’s age, rarity and temperament. Younger, more rare and friendlier monkeys tend to cost more.

How do I adopt a pet monkey?

Call the your state’s department that handles fish, wildlife and game. Ask for the enforcement officer. Ask where to find your state’s animal ordinance. Keep the request simple and avoid mentioning that you want to adopt a baby monkey.

There is something irresistible about an infant monkey. Many baby monkeys, such as capuchins, appear so sweet and helpless and seem like human infants. However, those sweet babies grow up into difficult adult monkeys and do not make good pets.

A pet monkey deprived of your time and attention will likely develop not only severe behavioral problems, such as screaming and biting, but also psychological issues that can be difficult to remedy. Sometimes permit holders are subject to home inspections to ensure proper facilities and care are being provided.

Some states require certain types of enclosures to fulfill permit regulations , but you should always have a place to secure your monkey to keep it and the public safe.

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Enabling our UK Sanctuary care for monkeys rescued from the pet trade and entertainment industry Campaigning to end the primate pet trade in the UK and abroad Educating more than 30,000 people a year on primate welfare, conservation and sustainable living Supporting conservation projects overseas linked to primate welfare and habitat conservation. By adopting a monkey today you will be helping to make a difference to primates worldwide.

Primates should not be considered as pets in the accepted sense of the word. They are wild undomesticated animals that cannot be house-trained or fully tamed.

Primates need space, companions and mental stimulation – not what you find in someone’s living room. Monkeys like marmosets also scent mark extensively, spreading their musky smell everywhere.

Metabolic bone disease (rickets) is a common, debilitating and painful, health problem in pet primates caused by poor diet and lack of UV light. Primates must be reared by their mothers – removing them too early in attempt to ‘tame’ them causes extreme suffering.

Types of Monkeys to Buy

Buying a pet monkey isn’t as easy as strolling into your local pet store or contacting one of the many breeders for the type of dog or cat breed you want. These jungle animals haven’t been fully domesticated yet, and even those that come from experienced breeders can be difficult to deal with. It is advised that you see pictures of the monkeys first and go pick up the monkey from the current owner. Here are a few websites to browse through to find the monkey for you, close to your home.

The Best Monkeys to Have As Pets

In general, monkeys, regardless of type, do not make good pets. They require a great deal of specialized care and constant attention because of their intelligence. If not given a proper environment to live and mental and physical enrichment, they can quickly become aggressive and destructive. They also are difficult to house train and will need to wear diapers for their entire lifetime. Monkeys, even the smallest ones, need large cages or habitats in order to thrive and many need to live with other monkeys or they will suffer from behavior problems due to lack of social interaction.

Be Cautious When Purchasing a Pet Monkey

Monkeys may look cute, cuddly, and like the perfect pet, but beware! Adult monkeys may not be the companion you were hoping for, as they can be strong-willed and intelligent enough to get into trouble. That’s a far cry from the furry little baby monkey that made you want to scoop it up and take it home.

Challenges of Owning a Small Pet Monkey

Also keep in mind that purchasing a pet monkey means a much longer commitment than other pets — and sometimes even a longer commitment than raising and feeding your own human babies. You could be responsible for the monkey for up to 40 years. There are many potential problems with owning a pet monkey.

Aggressive Behavior

They may not like the other people in your life, and since they tend to be aggressive as adults, you may run into biting and other unpredictable behaviors.

Care When You’re Away

It’s not as simple as kenneling a dog when you want to go on vacation for a while, plus when you’re away at work just for the day, your monkey will need a companion.

Difficult to Train

It’s not like in the movies. They aren’t that easy to train. Although they are quite intelligent, you will find it much more difficult to train them compared to the average dog that is focused on working with you.

Finding a Veterinarian

Many veterinarians won’t treat monkeys. You’ll need to find a vet who deals with exotic pets.

Destructive Behavior

They’re messy and destructive no matter how well you train them, especially as adults.

Size of Enclosure

Monkeys need large cages of around 20 to 30 square feet or more, even tiny marmosets. They need a lot of branches and areas they can climb and swing in order to engage in natural behaviors. They’ll also need a lot of vegetation to approximate their natural habitat. Finding the room for a cage and keeping the items inside clean and in good condition is a huge time commitment, as well as costly.

Zoonotic Diseases

Monkeys can also be a risk for you getting zoonotic diseases such as Herpes B which is found in macaque monkeys. Monkeys can also transmit measles to humans, among other diseases.

The Challenges of Raising a Monkey

Taking on a pet monkey is not like caring for most other pets. A well-cared-for monkey can generally live to be anywhere from 20 to 40 years old, and it will need your full commitment throughout its entire life. Monkeys do not grow up and mature like human children do. They are, in essence, permanent toddlers.Pet monkeys also might not take well to new people in your life, including spouses and children, and they make it hard to get away for vacations. Plus, finding a new home for a pet monkey is extremely difficult and psychologically hard on the monkey.Furthermore, a monkey needs a large amount of social interaction. A pet monkey deprived of your time and attention will likely develop not only severe behavioral problems, such as screaming and biting, but also psychological issues that can be difficult to remedy.

Legal Issues

Primates, such as monkeys, might be illegal to keep as pets where you live. And if a monkey is legal to own, permits still might be required. Sometimes permit holders are subject to home inspections to ensure proper facilities and care are being provided.Moreover, homeowner policies might require additional liability coverage, or some insurance companies might cancel your policy altogether if they find out you have a monkey. However, not having insurance puts you at risk if your monkey bites someone.

Medical Issues

A wide range of diseases can be passed between monkeys and humans. (These are called zoonotic diseases and can be quite serious.) But finding a veterinarian near you who is able and willing to treat a primate can be challenging.In addition, it can be difficult to keep a captive monkey healthy. For instance, monkeys often require specialized diets that can be expensive and time-consuming to prepare. Diabetes is common in pet monkeys due to the poor diets many owners feed them. This is just one disease that requires constant monitoring by you and your vet.

Behavioral Problems

A sweet, dependent baby monkey will eventually grow up to become the wild animal it was meant to be. Raising a monkey around humans won’t change its wild nature, and pet monkeys will never truly become domesticated. In fact, depriving a pet monkey of normal social relationships with other monkeys can create behavioral problems and neuroses.Pet monkeys often have a tendency to bite (and they have 32 teeth to deliver these nasty bites). While some monkeys are gentle, some are very aggressive. However, even the gentlest monkeys are unpredictable and might turn aggressive on anyone, including the person to whom they are the closest, especially during and after puberty.

Housing Pet Monkeys

Monkeys need a large, secure enclosure, which can be expensive to construct. They should spend time outdoors if possible. And they must be provided with a wide variety of ever-changing toys and exercise equipment to keep them challenged, or they will suffer from boredom. Some states require certain types of enclosures to fulfill permit regulations, but you should always have a place to secure your monkey to keep it and the public safe.Moreover, monkeys are not clean and tidy. Most can’t be effectively toilet trained. Many young monkeys can be diapered or at least partly toilet trained, but that ability is often lost at maturity. Plus, they might engage in distasteful activities involving their feces and urine (such as throwing it and painting with it). Aside from the toileting messes, pet monkeys also can be extremely mischievous and destructive, especially when they’re bored.

Capuchin Monkeys

Adopt NowDeforestation and the bush meat trade threaten primate species worldwide, leading to forty three species now considered to be Critically Endangered. The primate pet trade is also a huge problem causing suffering and neglect, with about 5,000 privately owned primates in the UK alone.Help our charity, Wild Futures, protect primates in the UK and abroad by adopting a monkey today.
By adopting a monkey today you will be helping to make a difference to primates worldwide.

Potentially dangerous pets

Code of Practice for the Welfare of Privately Kept Non-Human Primates, DEFRA 2009

Not house pets

Primates need space, companions and mental stimulation – not what you find in someone’s living room. Monkeys like marmosets also scent mark extensively, spreading their musky smell everywhere.

Specialist diet

Metabolic bone disease (rickets) is a common, debilitating and painful, health problem in pet primates caused by poor diet and lack of UV light. Primates have specialised diets – contrary to what breeders may say.

Health problems

Primates need specialist vets that can expensive and hard to find. Primates can spread disease to humans such as

Companionship

Primates must be reared by their mothers – removing them too early in attempt to ‘tame’ them causes extreme suffering.