In order to buy a pet monkey, you must first determine if owning a primate is legal in your state or country. If it is legal to own a monkey, then understanding the needs of the specific species you wish to purchase is critical. The first step in buying a pet monkey is seeking out a reputable breeder or exotic pet rescue.
Research the breeder or rescue to ensure you are buying a healthy monkey from a reliable place. If you choose to adopt a monkey from a rescue, then the adoption process may require a home inspection, vaccinations, medical screening and an in-person meeting.
Understand that owning a monkey as a pet is more expensive than cats and dogs due to their special care requirements. Along with purchasing the monkey, you must consider the cost of a cage, food, bedding, toys, supplies and veterinary care.