In many states of America keeping monkeys as pets is illegal.
Anyone who is thinking of keeping monkeys as pets should make sure they have researched thoroughly all the pros and cons of keeping a pet monkey and also looked at all the information on the type of monkey most suited to living as a house pet. Care of pet monkeys is a full time job. From the day you bring one home your pet monkey will require constant care and attention for the next 20 years or longer depending on the type of monkey. Monkeys are costly, requiring special diets and regular veterinarian care.
Most Common Types of Monkeys kept as pets in the US
Very popular as pets Capuchins are the most intelligent of the New World monkey family and are also used for lab research. They are very social and in the wild live in large groups, in the home environment they need constant attention and grooming.
The marmoset is a tiny monkey found naturally in Brazil. They are highly social living in family groups of up to 15 monkeys. Pet marmosets are normally captured at only 3 to 10 days old and hand reared ready for sale.
These are the most popular type of small monkeys kept as pets. They can live up to age 25 in the wild and longer in captivity. They are known to become very aggressive as they grow older and there are numerous reports of savage attacks by spider monkeys on their owners.
Naturally found in the rainforests of Bolivia, Surinam, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Columbia, French Guiana and Venezuela and very popular as pets in the USA. They normally travel in large groups of up to 500 and find living in a small human household very difficult.