Housing a Monkey
Good housing for a monkey would be the largest cage that you can afford money and space wise. Squirrel monkeys for sale A regular parrot cage is not suitable. A cheaper route to go is to build one yourself. You can have a big outdoor cage so that your monkey can enjoy the sun and fresh air. In the cage you should have plenty of enrichment. Enrichment includes foliage, hammocks, ropes, tunnels, bath pan, and toys. You can make your own enrichment like taking a cardboard box and cutting a few holes in it large enough for your monkey to fit his hand in. Fill the box with treats and hang in in the cage. There are many foraging toys that you can make with stuff you can find in your owl home. Do rotate the toys and reorganize the cage so that it keeps your monkey from being bored. Also in the cage you will want to include a heating element depending on the temperature in the house or outside. Make sure to keep the cages clean and disinfected at least once a week if not more. This will help your monkey to stay healthy and not get diseases or parasites that can possible pass to you. As the owner, your responsibility is to keep your monkey happy and healthy.
You will have to highly supervise your monkey when he is out of his cage. Remember, they have an opposable thumb like us and can manipulate objects. They will figure out how to open the cage door, cabinets, fridge, etc. You have to treat them like a 2 year old that gets into everything. Have a room that is monkey proof for you and him to enjoy time together. You can have a swing hang from the ceiling, ropes from wall to wall, and other toys throughout the room.
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Feeding a pet monkey
There is a commercial primate diet that is available but might have to be special ordered through a local feed store. Monkeys do enjoy a variety in their diet as they are omnivorous creatures. You can feed him crickets, grasshoppers, and meal worms along with fresh fruits and vegetables. Some people food can be fed also. Before feeding anything, make sure it is not toxic to your monkey.
Below are a few species of monkeys that people have as pets.
Old world monkeys –
Macaques. These are large and powerful monkeys. There are many different species of macaques. A few of them are the Celebes, Rhesus, Stump tail, Lion, tail, Pigtail, and Java.
Guenons. They are long lived, up to 40 years. Their facial skin changes from a cream colored when born to a black by the age of 6 months. Two species of guenons are the vervet and green.
New world monkeys –
Marmosets and Tamarins. They are the smallest primates being only 6 inches tall and about 1 pound. They pygmy species are smaller in size. These species do have a natural musk smell similar to a ferret.
Spider Monkeys These guys have very long legs, arms, and tail. This group does have a true prehensile tail but does not have a thumb. Spiders are long lived, up to 40 years.
Capuchins. These are the ones that you see in movies and TV shows. They can live up to 40 years.
Squirrel monkeys. They use their tail as a balancing pole and as a tool. Squirrels prefer to eat berry fruit. They live up to 20 years.
What do monkeys eat??
Sometimes they lie in wait for insects, especially butterflies, which feed at the sap holes. The marmosets also eat some nectar and fruit. At Starburk Exotic store, pygmy marmosets capuchin eat veggies, fruit, Squirrel monkeys for sale a specialized commercial diet for New World monkeys, crickets, mealworms, wax worms, and hard-boiled eggs.
What food do monkeys eat?
Monkeys are omnivores. This means that they eat meat and plant-based foods. Most monkeys eat nuts, fruits, seeds and flowers. Some monkeys also eat meat in the form of bird’s eggs, small lizards, insects and spiders.
Walk-in Enclosure • Allows monkeys to remain above human head height
• Large space and enclosure furnishings allow natural locomotory behaviours such as leaping
• Small enclosures can have severe welfare consequences BUT extra space is no use without complex architecture
Marmosets and finger monkeys are tropical monkeys and require: • Surrounding the temperature of 23-28 °C • Humidity level of 40-70%
monkeys will choose to go outside in cold weather, but it is critical they can return to the warmth if they wish
• should not be allowed out when it is very cold as they have been known to get frostbite (guideline min. temp: 5 °C)
Cleaning Clean, hygienic conditions are necessary Stale food and excreta need to be removed regularly • A thorough clean of the enclosure should only be done once every 1-2 months
• Scent marking is important to the monkeys and cleaning should not remove familiar scents completely
How to feed monkeys?
• In captivity, monkeys need to be provided with a range of appetizing and nutritious food • Monkeys are selective eaters
• Feeding affects growth, disease resistance, lifespan, breeding and susceptibility to stress• Commercially available dry pellets containing the necessary nutritional components of their diet should be supplemented with a variety of other foods:
fresh and dried fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts animal protein (e.g. insects, mealworms, boiled chicken and hard-boiled eggs)
•monkeys should also have access to as much water as they wish to drink • They need dietary supplements to avoid metabolic bone disease
• Vitamin D3 should be given as a supplement as the monkeys cannot make it in their own body
• Feed monkeys several times a day to match their natural eating times • Provide food in several food dishes, and water at several points, Squirrel monkeys for sale to make sure everyone gets some
• Place the food dishes at least a metre above the ground (monkeys prefer to feed and eat higher up where they feel safer, especially if they are carrying infants on their back)
• monkeys are susceptible to other problems related to diet (e.g. problems with their teeth, being underweight or overweight), particularly when kept as pets