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The 264 known extant monkey species represent two of the three groupings of simian primates (the third group being the 21 species of apes). Monkeys are generally considered to be intelligent and, unlike apes, monkeys usually have tails.

Monkeys range in size from the Pygmy Marmoset, at 140 to 160 millimetres (56 in) long (plus tail) and 120 to 140 grams (45 oz) in weight, to the male Mandrill, almost 1 metre (3.3 ft) long and weighing 35 kilograms (77 lb). Some are arboreal (living in trees) while others live on the savanna; diets differ among the various species but may contain any of the following: fruit, leaves, seeds, nuts, flowers, eggs and small animals.

What to Think About Before Adopting a Monkey

There are many things to consider when adopting any animals, not just monkeys. If you are thinking of adopting a monkey as a pet, spending some time to understand more about the needs of monkeys will benefit both you and the animals. For sure, there are responsibilities as a monkey owner. Sometimes, monkeys are just like little children. They need a lot of your time and attention and to take good care of them, you just have to place their needs above all else.

But what are some of these needs? The needs of a monkey are very similar to the needs of a small young child. That's because monkeys, being primates, share many smiliar characteristics with human beings. To be a good and responsible monkey owner, it takes more than just feeding the monkey food and providing shelter.

For example, a young monkey definitely needs training. It needs to be taught what is the right thing to do, and what is not. And like human beings, they develop habits from a very young age. These habits tend to stick with the monkeys as they grow older. So if undesirable habits are not corrected early, you as the monkey owner may face behavioral problems with the pet later on.

Also, bear in mind that although the monkey gradually grows older and mature, and assuming that it is well trained, it will still require a fair amount of time and attention. That's because monkeys are by nature playful animals. And due to this nature, they require company and lots of play time to be happy. And just like a human being, if they are showered with love and are happy most of the time, they respond very differently and they also tend to be healthier. Still, being animals with an instinct for mischief, monkeys still get into trouble every now and then. That means as a monkey owner, if you to be very patient with them.

Having said that, many people like to own monkeys as pets because they are very sociable animals. They like the company of human beings. They are active, energetic, and highly responsive to people. Most importantly, they have silly antics that can make people laugh. For these reasons, monkey owners are more than willing to forgive and forget about the naughty stunts that monkeys come up with every now and then. A silly antic, a quick laugh, and everything is water under the bridge. And being adorable looking little creatures, perhaps that's why it's easy to fall in love with a little monkey.

In any case, do remember that there are fun moments and trying moments when keeping a monkey as a pet. Don't just think of the fun moments. Spare a thought for all those trying times as well, but don't be afraid of a few trying moments. For all you know, it's usuall because of these trying moments that bring you and your monkey closer together. Ultimately, it's about developing a great relationship with your pet monkey, and all great relationships doesn't come from all good. There has to be some good, and some bad in any fruitful relationship. So don't just be your monkey's caretaker. Be it's best friend, and it will certainly reciprocate and be yours as well.

A monkey is a very sociable animal, and are becoming more and more popular as domesticated pets. But if you are thinking of adopting a monkey as a pet, here are some stuff you should think about.

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