In Which States Is It Legal To Own A Pet Monkey?


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States that do not yet have any regulations or bans for owning monkeys as pets are:
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota

These are only the states that have no regulations, or have a state permit system in operation. There are other states that do allow certain breeds of monkeys as pets, while the rest have a complete ban.

It is up to you to find out the regulations for pet monkeys in your area. Although the state may have no ban against keeping the animals, there may be restrictions closer to home.

Before considering taking a monkey as a pet you must check with your state, county, city and community regulations. Not finding out the laws at each point could make you miss some legal information that could later get your monkey confiscated and you could end up with a large fine.

The ownership of primates can be regulated by any level of the government, so it is important to check each one.

If it is illegal to own a monkey as a pet in your state you will not be able to get a permit. In some cases, i.e. If you are an exhibitor or zoologist, you may be able to apply for a permit, but even this isn’t guaranteed.

The first place to contact, if you are considering getting a monkey as a pet, is the Wildlife Division of your state. A list of these divisions and their contact details can be found at

This list also provides information about which states have banned pet monkeys and any regulations enforced at a state level. You will be caught out if you own a pet monkey in a state that you shouldn’t, so do check every level of the law.
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Anonymous answered
I don't know about other states but I do know that Wisconsin you CAN own one. And in Minnesota you CAN'T.
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Well dear that is a nice move. Here is a website which will tell you all the legal laws of keeping a monkey as a pet. You will also find out the names of the states where it is legal to keep a monkey as a pet. Here you go.
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You can have a monkey in any state. You just have to have a license to care for that certain animal. After that you are good.

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