Buying a pet monkey is not something to be taken lightly. There are several important considerations to take into account prior to purchase, including cost, local laws and regulations, licensing requirements, and risk factors.
Monkeys can be quite expensive ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 and then additional costs for food, care, and housing. Furthermore, most states in the U. S.
forbid primate ownership as pets and Germany, Austria, and Netherlands prohibit primate ownership without special permits. Lastly, owners should consider the commitment associated with owning a monkey, including the risks of zoonotic diseases, potential for aggression, and availability of primate supplies.