Monkeys and apes are our
closest living relatives in the animal world and their facial features
bear a striking resemblance to human primates. As such, many individuals
purchase baby monkeys/apes believing that these primates will be
a suitable "substitute" or a "surrogate" for
human children. Others are inundated with images of nonhuman primates
in advertisements, on television and in the movies which depict
infant and adolescent primates as "cute and cuddly". Often
the naive viewers are given the impression that nonhuman primates
would make ideal 'pets'.
These individuals are - at
best -misguided. There are tragic consequences (for all concerned
primates, human and nonhuman) that can result when a formerly dependent
baby monkey/ape reaches sexual maturity.
If you are contemplating getting a monkey
and intending to keep the monkey as a pet, please read the information
on this web site and visit the links to see for yourself why this
is a very bad idea for all primates (human and nonhuman) involved.