Capuchin Monkeys are the New World monkeys, and though they are small, they can always outsmart anyone with their larger than size brain. They are generally small monkeys ranging from 12 to 22 inches in length including their long tails. They are also one of the most wanted monkeys to have has pets, although sometimes it is not always a good idea. This is because they are smart, and they will outsmart you (although there are many things you can do to increase your IQ); but also because they are wild animals by nature. Not only that, but they generally live in groups of 10 to 25 members of monkeys. They can live up to 45 years with the proper care, but generally do not live past 25 years while in the wild nature because of the dangers of the forests. The ultimate reality of these monkeys is that they are extremely intelligent which means that they are constantly trapped and then put through experiments in laboratories.
Capuchin Monkeys Pets
Capuchin Monkeys are kept as pets a lot of times. With the proper care they can flourish and grow and live normal lives in captivity. They can learn everyday tasks, and how to behave while in the home setting although the owner should keep in mind that they are wild animals so they can turn on an instant if needed because of their natural instincts. They are treated as pets a lot of times because they are smart, cute, and small. They do not need a lot of care since once they become engrossed in a routine, they can pretty much manage. They are easy to provide for, and become loving members of the family. They only get between 3 to 9 pounds fully grown, and can easily hide in small areas. They are omnivores so you can feed them what you would normally have in your diet.
There are people that breed Capuchin Monkeys, and for a price you can bring one home to have as a pet. You also want to make sure there is a large park or that you have a big backyard to allow the monkey to play outside at least 4 to 5 times a week. You will also want to check with your local and state laws to make sure that they are allowed and legal as pets. They are an exotic pet which means you might need permission from the local or state offices to keep them as pets. Having a capuchin monkey as a pet is completely different to having a dog, therefore you must consider all alternatives available; however, dealing with a monkey or any other kind of pet will increase the power of your mind and develop your emotional intelligence even faster.
Capuchin Monkey Facts
Credit: Daniel M RamirezThe babies in a Capuchin Monkey pack are cared for by the mother, and generally the father has very little, if anything to do with the offspring. The babies live on the mother by her belly until they are too large to be carried that way, and they will move to her back. It takes 4 years for a female to fully mature, and around 6 to 8 for a male. The gestation period is around 140 to 160 days. They are a successful species because they eat as we do; they are omnivores which gives them an all around rounded diet. Another reason is because they can mate so well, the females being able to produce offspring as early as four years of age. This allows them to keep their species going. Another great fact about this monkey is that they can adapt to any environment extremely well. They are able to go from one extreme to the next and not have to worry about becoming extinct. A single male is generally the head of many different females that are related to each other. They are known as the Alpha male for that group of Capuchin Monkeys.