How Much Does a Monkey Cost?

A zoo is not the only place where you’ll find certain species of monkeys – some people keep the intelligent animals as pets. With a life expectancy of 20 to 40 years, choosing to keep a monkey as a pet is an important decision. Factors affecting the overall cost of a monkey include their age, rarity of breed, and temperament. As a rule of thumb, the younger, friendlier, and rarest breeds of monkey cost more.

Common pet monkeys include squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, capuchins, marmosets and macaques. The cost of a pet monkey is generally between $4,000 and $8,000. Additional expenses that come with this type of animal include:


  • Cage: Monkeys typically sleep in cages with price depending on the size and durability of the shelter. An indoor monkey cage sells between $650 and $900, whereas outdoor cages for monkeys are priced at $1,300 to $3,500. To make a cage feel at home, you will need to provide a nesting box, branches, blankets and toys, which can cost $100 to $200.
  • Food: The majority of pet monkeys eat fruits and vegetables alongside animal protein, such as worms and insects. A weeklong supply of fruit and vegetables for a monkey (including treats and small insects) costs about $25 per week. You may also supplement a diet with “monkey chow” – similar to cat and dog food. A 20-pound bag sells for about $30.


  • Diapers: When monkeys are not housetrained, diapers are a common solution. A supply of diapers lasting three to four months costs about $65.


  • Vet Care: Monkeys are exotic pets and not all veterinarians are equipped to treat this type of animal. Vet costs vary depending on the medical need. An example of an annual visit with vaccinations for a squirrel monkey can cost around $350 [1]. Physicals cost less.
  • Permit: Not all cities and states will allow an individual to keep a monkey as a pet. Sometimes, a permit is needed and before you invest in a monkey, you must find out if it is legal where you live.



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