In states where it's legal, the best way to purchase a monkey is to find a reputable breeder. A number of online resources can help find breeders or others who may have monkeys for sale.
Monkeys can be fun and interesting pets, but it's important to gain a complete understanding of the commitment they require. First, check with your local department of fish and game to find out if it's legal to own a monkey where you live and what kind of permits, if any, are needed.
A monkey is a wild animal that can live as long as 40 years, and owning one can present challenges. On average most monkeys cost from $4,000 to $8,000. Apes or more exotic monkey breeds can cost up to $50,000 or more. As monkeys mature, they can grow aggressive and violent toward other animals, including their owners, and can destroy property much more efficiently than a dog or a cat. Most monkeys cannot be potty trained, so owning one requires frequent diaper changes. Many monkeys can open windows and doors, so a free-ranging monkey must almost always be monitored. Monkey cages must be very large and secure and can be quite expensive.
Seventeen states and many municipalities ban the ownership of monkeys as pets, others ban certain species, and many more ban the ownership of apes. In localities where pet monkeys are allowed, a license and health certificate is often required.