Pet monkeys can be purchased from breeders and special primate stores. Most breeders will offer pictures of the monkeys they have available for purchase online. Monkeys are not sold in pet stores because most areas require a special permit.
Several types of monkeys can be purchased from a breeder: marmosets, capuchins, spider monkeys and squirrel monkeys are the most commonly sold species in the United States. Exotic species are sold in smaller quantities. Several states recognize how difficult monkeys are to train and have made them illegal for residents to own. It is important for the buyer to verify that monkeys can be legally sold in the breeder's state and kept once brought home. Special permits may be required to complete the transaction.
Monkey brokers are available to help buyers connect with breeders. Since there are very few monkey breeders in the United States, the monkeys may need to be shipped to the buyer's residence at an additional cost.
Some professionals, such as the Primate Store, recommend picking up the monkey in person to avoid misinformation. Picking up in person also allows the buyer to see the age of the monkey and verify that the breeder has a USDA license.