The capuchin monkey is native to Central and South America and is found primarily in rainforests. Capuchins spend their time in groups of 10 to over 30 capuchins, made up of males, females, and young monkeys who tree surf and look for food together. Capuchins are diurnal, arboreal, intelligent, social, and territorial.
Guenons: These are little primates weigh in at about 10 pounds and live about 25 years in captivity. Guenons, like all primates, are very high maintenance. There are almost two dozen species of Guenons, with the Green monkey, Vervet, and Grivet being possibly the most popular in captivity.
For example, keeping a spider monkey as a pet is permitted without a license in some states, such as Alabama, while other states, like Maine, require a license. Many other states, such as California, New York and New Mexico, prohibit spider monkeys as pets.
Indeed, some of the biggest exporters, like Colombia, have made it illegal to send squirrel monkeys abroad. Due to the nature of the black market, it’s hard to say just how big squirrel monkey demand is, but the pet trade’s practices are definitely bad news for wild populations.