Can you own a monkey in Colorado?

I've always wanted a pet monkey, but I'm not sure what the laws are in my state. Can you own a monkey in Colorado?

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Answer provided by
Bianca (Bee) Davis
Answered on Jul 29, 2022
While we totally understand why you want a pet monkey (monkeys are very cool), it is illegal to own a monkey in Colorado, and here are a few reasons why:
  • Primates are generally just incompatible with domestication
  • They’re aggressive, hierarchical, and incredibly destructive indoors
  • Most owners lack the space or means to care for primates and can’t provide them with the necessary enrichment and social feedback.
  • Owning wild animals supports the exotic pet trade, a largely illegal industry that incentivizes cruelty towards animals by breeders
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