Ocala, Florida, United States
Posted Jun 09, 2018
Let me first start by saying that owning any primate is not for everyone. A Capuchin monkey lives 50 years and is very much like adopting a 2-year-old human child who never grows up. Monkeys cannot be left alone so you must work from home or be retired to care for one properly. They do not do well left alone for any length of time and will suffer horrible emotional problems from a solitary lifestyle. Monkeys must have constant attention and care. They require large, secure cages indoors and outdoors. Their outdoor playpen should measure at least 6x6x10 ft.per monkey.
Capuchin monkeys require a strict diet of monkey biscuits, veggies, protein, and a tiny bit of fruit. They also must have new toys to keep their attention. Most owners have their monkeys wear diapers indoors so you will be faced with purchasing a lifetime supply of diapers.
They tend to bond with one or two people. In general, monkeys do not like children. They require extensive, constant care and commitment. Please check your state laws before purchasing a Capuchin monkey because they are ban in many states and some states require special licensing/permits. They are not a pet for everyone, but for certain dedicated, knowledgeable individuals it is a bond like no other. I have opted to share my life with one of these fantastic creatures, but I no longer travel, I work from home, and I accept that a monkey is a monkey. To me primates are extraordinary, but they take a lot of work and owning one will change your life dramatically. You will need to make major sacrifices.