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How Much Does a Pet Monkey Cost?

 
low costIndoor Cage: $650-$900average costOutdoor Cage: $1,300-$3,500high costMonkey: $4,000-$8,000 each
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Various species of monkeys, ranging in size from about one to three feet tall, are kept as pets. Chosen for their intelligence and companionship, it is for these characteristics that a primate is a both challenging and rewarding pet.

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.
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What should be included:
  • Monkeys are a labor-intensive pet choice. It's much like owning a toddler for 20 to 40 years, which is their life expectancy. Homes must be monkey-proofed and care taken when visitors are present in the home, as monkeys are curious, mischievous and, at times, aggressive.
  • Most monkeys must be diapered or cleaned up after; fed, and played with often. Because of their curiosity, monkeys are considered endlessly entertaining and even thought provoking to their owners.
  • Unless a person in the house will spend most of their time at home, primate experts recommend owning more than one, as monkeys are prone to depression if left alone even for short periods of time.
  • Monkey owners say owning a monkey is a rewarding and enriching experience.
  • Squirrel monkeys are easier to handle than other species because they are smaller and not as strong as, for example, the capuchin. On the other hand, squirrel monkeys are less friendly than their larger counterparts, which range from one to two feet tall. Other common pet monkeys include spider monkeys, marmosets and macaques.
Additional costs:
  • Cage. Ready-made cages[1] can be purchased for between $650 to $900 for an indoor cage to $1,300 to $3,500 for an outdoor cage. Price depends on size and durability.
  • Habitat. A monkey cage should include a nesting box, branches, blankets and toys. Such supplemental items cost between $100 and $200.
  • Food. Most monkeys eat fruits and vegetables plus some animal protein, such as poultry, worms and insects. Fruits, vegetables and treats will cost about $25 per week for fruits, vegetables, and small insects.
  • Supplement whole foods with a commercially made monkey chow, which is similar to a dry dog or cat food but is specialized for monkeys. A 20-pound bag can be purchased for around $30 and should last for six months. This commercial food can be purchased at AnimalWorldNetwork.com[2] . Download a fact sheet on primate diets from the Merck Veterinary Manual by visiting PetMonkeyInfo.com[3] . Click on the link located about halfway down the page.
  • Veterinary care. Finding an appropriate vet may be a challenge. PrimateCare.com provides a list of exotic veterinarians that can be searched by zip code or state.
  • Most primate owners choose to diaper their pets as they can't be easily or reliably house trained. A three to four month supply of diapers costs around $65.
Shopping for a pet monkey:
  • Select a breeder carefully, preferably one with a license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • For a list of questions to ask of breeders and what to look for when shopping for a pet monkey, visit PrimateCare.com
  • Note that monkeys, like other exotic animals, are illegal in many cities and states, including California. Check local ordinances to see if monkey ownership is allowed and whether a permit is needed. Check the laws in different states using MonkeyMaddness.com's interactive map[4]
  • Primate ownership is controversial. Several states ban owning a pet primate, including most recently Illinois[5] . This is partially because they can pass serious disease to humans, including Herpes B and tuberculosis. Take care to always get the recommended vaccinations for your pet and wash hands after handling it.
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Pet monkey
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Kyair smith in Fairborn, OH.Posted: September 2nd, 2020 08:09PM
Species: Capuchin or a spider monkeyAge: 0-5 mounths
I've been looking for a capuchin or a spider monkey baby for a long time and now I'm financially stable
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Monkey
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Shirlisa in Houston, TX.Posted: July 12th, 2020 11:07AM
Species: Any kind (preferably the smallest nicestAge: 0-3 months
I'm looking to adopt a baby monkey into our home. My family has always wanted one and we're finally finically stable to get one. Please if anyone knows anyone who's selling one please contact me
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Monkey
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: a user in Queens, NY.Posted: June 16th, 2020 12:06AM
Species: Any Small kindAge: Baby
Always Wanted a pet monkey since a child. I love animals and have 3 cats that hopefully can have a monkey companion
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Looking to buy or adopt a monkey
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: tiffany white in Salina, OK.Posted: June 3rd, 2020 09:06PM
Species: AnyAge: birth to 3m months
Ive always wanted a baby monkey. I love all animals. I treat them as if they were my family. I can't have children so i would love to buy a monkey and raise it as if it was my child.
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I have had no experience with a hands on monkey but I have always wanted one .
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Lonnie Jackson in Waterford, CA.Posted: June 2nd, 2020 07:06PM
Species: Spider monkeyAge: One year or yonger
Any small monkey. I have always wanted one.I know it is not going to be an easy pet like a cat dog. But I'm up for this challenge.I am a very easy going person and am excited to be a monkey mom.please get back to me .Thank you mrs. Jackson.
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Baby Monkey
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Kayla Wright in Summerton, SC.Posted: June 1st, 2020 10:06PM
Species: Boy/GirlAge: Newborn or 7 months
Looking for a BABY MONKEY 🥺 been wanting one forever! I’ve seen so many people with baby monkeys & I just have to get one
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Finger monkey
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: William Hale in Carthage, TN.Posted: May 26th, 2020 07:05PM
Species: AnyAge: 6months- 1yr
I've always wanted a monkey to raise. My children absolutely love all animals. It would be cared for with the utmost love.
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Any monkey but I mostly want a Baby rhesus macaque
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Angelina Maniscalco in New Castle, DE.Posted: April 27th, 2020 02:04AM
Species: Age: Any less then 5 years
My daughter has been wanting a monkey since she was 6 she’s almost a teen and I really wanna get her one for her 13 birthday! We just want a nice friendly monkey so if anyone can reach out it would be great you can reach me at (302) 510-5266 and message me!
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Baby rhesus macaque
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: Deanna dawn in Hickory, NC.Posted: April 5th, 2020 08:04PM
Species: Rhesus macaqueAge: Les then 6 months
Want to give a good home to a baby rhesus macaque
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Monkey
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Mccall Pane in Dalton, GA.Posted: April 1st, 2020 06:04PM
Species: AnyAge: 18
Omg I’ve wanted one every since I was little I love them so much and have done lots of research on them but they are just not in my budget.
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Baby monkey
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: a user in Devils lake, ND.Posted: March 4th, 2020 08:03AM
Species: AndyAge: 3 months
Love momkey
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monkeys
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Jay landrove in San Antonio, TX.Posted: January 8th, 2020 07:01AM
Species: AllAge: all
im looking for a baby monkey in there are any sellers lmk or anything , I am very experienced them. Please and thank you
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Pet pig tail macaque monkey
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Lisa orapallo in Florida, FL.Posted: December 24th, 2019 11:12AM
Species: Pig tailed macaqueAge: New born baby
I would love to take in a new boy orphaned baby Dixie on the CAC but I do not want to take it from the mom only if it’s Orphaned
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Free pet monkey
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Lee-Lee in Palm city, FL.Posted: December 22nd, 2019 07:12PM
Species: Pig tail macaque -vervetAge: Birth-3 months
I just adore monkeys all kids I love them all I want one because my children are grown and I really want a monkey because I want to live and take care of it it’s somewhat like having a new born baby and that’s exactly what I need and want I will be the best monkey mom ever!!
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All who want for... "free"
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Kip in Milwaukee, WI.Posted: December 12th, 2019 05:12PM
Species: Monkey'sAge: 55
Ok...
All of you who are posting how you want a "free monkey"? Please, Stop!
If you can't afford to "buy" one, then there's no way you'll ever be able to afford to maintain one. I swear to god, it's like none of you are listening (or comprehending) the videos, stories and advice that's given by others!
So until you become financially responsible for your own self (and maybe your own children) Do the right thing and get a goldfish or two. Thank me later!
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baby monkey:)
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: Alexa Charbonneau in Grand Forks, ND.Posted: November 9th, 2019 02:11PM
Species: Age: baby
i have always wanted a baby monkey, not just because it would be super cool to have one but to fulfill the dreams of a child and find a lifelong best friend:).
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Baby Monkey
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Cordero in Mansfield, OH.Posted: September 13th, 2019 07:09PM
Species: MonkeyAge: Baby
Is there any baby monkeys price range from $500-$1000 If so please let me know ASAP
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Monkey
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Kaykay in Pensacola, FL.Posted: September 11th, 2019 04:09PM
Species: Girl monkeyAge: 3/4 months
I’m 21 years old and I always was wanted a monkey my whole life and I want to be able to find a free monkey so can y’all please help get one I
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Lifetime bestfriend
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Goose in Bakersfield, CA.Posted: July 17th, 2019 12:07AM
Species: Age: baby
I would love to have a monkey as a lifetime friend. My niece would be so happy
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monkey
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: micheie in norwich, Other.Posted: June 17th, 2019 05:06PM
Species: pocket monkeyAge: 8 wrre7=
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Pet monkey
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Arianna in Dalles Tx, TX.Posted: May 11th, 2019 06:05AM
Species: I doesn’t matterAge: Baby
I’ve wanted a monkey my whole life but never had one so hopefully I can find one for a good price.Anyone?
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Monkey
Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: Bob Roberts in Ft myers, FL.Posted: May 3rd, 2019 02:05PM
Species: ResisAge: N/b to 3-5 y/o
I have owned several breeds of small monkeys over the years I have kept all of them till natural life was up I had one that lived till it was almost thirty y/o I have had them from brand new and older Monkeys don't let anybody tell you they are a pet no they are a multi decade obligation and have loved every minute of it as far as how much does it cost to maintain one me and my wife raised 3 boys and I would say with food and all of the anslary expenses it costs about fifty thousand dollars over a eighteen to twenty five year life and the permits and continuing education hrs per year that is a nother deal if you want a monkey and have to think about the expenses then it's not for you and the wildlife inspections that's a nother thing I have all the permits and state required training all that said I am looking for a old world monkey
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Pet monkey
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Ladina in Indianapolis, IN.Posted: May 1st, 2019 01:05PM
Species: Age: Baby
Looking to buy a monke
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Donate a monkey
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Junior medina in Ma, MA.Posted: April 20th, 2019 05:04PM
Species: N/AAge: 2
I have a huge anxiety problem and I can’t have kids because of my medical conditions I monkey to me will be a blessing that I will always be thankful for I hope that if u own a monkey and read this find out how much love that pet can bring to my life and the monkey will defined be in good hands guaranteed
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Monkeys
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Charday in Washington, DC.Posted: January 23rd, 2019 02:01PM
Species: MonkeysAge: Baby
I just want to give my sons a monkey they can grow up with I hope I can find one for free
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Monkey
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Ahmed Kazhem in Mesa, AZ.Posted: January 9th, 2019 10:01AM
Species: CapuchinAge: 2
I’m a 17 year old looking for a monkey not just as a pet but also as a friends and can use a service animal for my anxiety and depression.
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