If you read comic books back in the 70s, you may remember seeing an ad at the back of the comic book that sold squirrel monkeys as pets for $19.99. The market must have been insane with thousands of these little common yellow squirrel monkeys dying in pet homes, in transition from the wild, etc…
For example, you cannot simply let the monkey pet to play around your home mainly if you got guests at the house. Therefore, excluding the basic price when you get a finger monkey, there are extra finger monkey prices that you have to consider.
It is possible to have a monkey as a pet (in the US/UK/EU countries)
Monkeys too, and bear cubs — of course
This is a myth regarding pet monkeys in the United States. Yes, WILD monkeys in other countries can carry diseases, as can any other animal. My monkeys have been tested for tuberculosis, and have been given vaccines against rubella, rabies, and tetanus as a precaution. They are perfectly SAFE. They drink from the same cup as I do, eat from the same plate as me, have accidentally scratched me, lick my face to give kisses, and I am totally healthy, as are they.Do you think that a person would have animal in their home knowing it carried a deadly virus that could kill them and their family? Lets be reasonable here. People are shown in movies, such as Outbreak, and it is etched in peoples heads that "all monkeys carry diseases." This is FALSE. After inquiring with the Centers for Disease Control in the US, they confirmed that there is NO RECORD OF DISEASE TRANSMISSION FROM PRIMATES in the pet sector to humans in over 15 years. The last record of infection occurred at a federally licensed research facility where the two handlers were infected while handling a macaque being used in research. Research facility handlers are probably getting infected with the very bacteria they injected into the primate!I do not suggest anyone purchase a pet monkey on a whim. They require caretakers who are knowledgeable in their husbandry. Primates are complex species which require large enclosures, mental stimulation, companionship (preferably of same species) 24 hours a day, specialized diets, nurturing, and discipline. They require an enormous amount of time. I can not stress enough the importance of research, and the commitment required BEFORE acquiring a pet primate. Most primate species will live 25 years in captivity, with Capuchins living up to FIFTY YEARS in captive settings. Many people think they want a monkey until they see what is really involved in caring for one. Can it be a positive experience? Yes, but only when entered into within the right circumstances. Your expectations must be flexible. The baby stage passes very quickly, and caretakers will find themselves with full grown primates within the first two years. They can make a BIG mess. The medium sized species and larger are very smart and they can manipulate their hands just as us humans, which means they can open their cages if not secured properly. They can open windows, refrigerators, and require 24 hour supervision when out of their cage. Monkeys require the same level of care and responsibility one would need to give a 2 year old human. The Terrible Twos stage will last the ENTIRE duration of a monkeys life. Primates are very curious. They can and will get into everything and anything within reach (considering that they all climb, everything not under lock and key is within reach). Vet care is expensive, about 3-5 times more than dog vet care because an exotic animal vet is required. They are already illegal in many states/counties, with many more working on bans or other legislation.Primates in the pet sector get regular veterinary care to prevent diseases, much in the same way dogs and cats do. With regular screening, even a pet macaque, which is said to sometimes carry herpes B, can be perfectly virus free. I know several owners of macaques who have constant contact with them, and both owner and monkey are perfectly healthy.