So You Think You Want A
If you are thinking that you want a monkey as a pet, this page was written for you. The ever-growing exotic animal trade has expanded to include many different species of primates as well as big cats and other wild animals. People who purchase these animals thinking that they are going to make a wonderful addition to the household are in for a rude awakening. Peaceable Primate Sanctuary does not endorse the keeping of any wild animal as a pet. We will try to outline the many reasons here. This is not a complete list but should be used in conjunction with other materials. Taking any animal into your household is a serious commitment and should not be taken lightly. There are many sites that have primate information and we encourage you to do as much research as possible. By coming to this site, you have taken the first step in making an educated choice.
Scott D. Kubisch
Peaceable Primate Sanctuary
you really ready to turn your home over to a monkey?
forget that a monkey is a wild animal. Depriving a monkey of a normal
relationship with animals of his or her own species will only lead to a life of
neurotic behavior. Monkeys need almost constant stimulation to keep them
healthy. Ask yourself if you are ready to have an animal that can destroy your
house and everything in it. A monkey cannot be taught to respect your
belongings. They have not been domesticated for centuries to be gentle and
easily trained by humans like a dog or cat. If you cannot stand the thought of
cleaning up urine and feces 365 days a year, you should not get a monkey.
will happen when he/she is no longer a cute little infant?
a monkey reaches sexual maturity you will begin to see their individual
personality. What once was your baby is now a full-grown adult that has no
hesitation to attack its caregiver and to engage in normal primate behavior
such as aggressive acts, genital displays, masturbation, and copulation. If you
choose to give your beloved pet up, where will he or she go? Zoos are always
getting calls from people that want to donate their animals. Zoos almost never
take ex-pets for exhibit animals for the following reasons: 1) Animals that are
kept as pets haven't learned to socialize with the members of their own species
2) It is a long and difficult process for a zoo to introduce a monkey to an
established group, especially one that hasn't learned the rules of primate
society 3) Zoos do not have unlimited space and can only house a certain number
and feeding and setting up your monkey trust fund
to $60,000 will be needed to take care of one monkey for his or her life, but
you must also include money to build an indoor as well as an outdoor enclosure.
Monkeys can live for up to 30 or 40 years; are you prepared for this type of
life-long commitment? Primates need a very balanced and diversified diet, which
includes a type of primate chow and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
Finding a vet that treats primates can be a long and frustrating process since
many of them will not take primates as patients or are uninformed on how to
monkey gave you what?
herpes, measles, rabies, and much more. These are all known as zoonotic
diseases or diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals. The most
serious of these is the Herpes B virus, which is a natural disease in different
species of macaque monkeys. Herpes B causes little harm to monkeys but has a
100% mortality rate in humans that develop the clinical disease. Measles are
the most frequently reported viral disease of non-human primates. Upon
infection, the primate sheds the virus and can reinfect humans. For more
information about many other zoonotic diseases we encourage you to contact the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
you breaking the law?
all the reasons listed above, keeping nonhuman primates as pets is illegal in
many parts of the country. State, county and city laws often restrict the
keeping of dangerous and exotic pets. In some areas, expensive licenses must be
is a very condensed version of much information. We encourage you to research
this further and talk to as many people as possible. Taking a primate into your
household not only affects you, it affects another being that cannot tell you
in words if the situation is right.
for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/
search area and type in the word Zoonotic (404) 639-8108