In theory, owning a cute little monkey sounds like it would be a lot of fun. However, the reality is quite different than the perception. Also, can you even own a wild animal like this in Michigan?

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The private ownership of large carnivores, including lions, leopards, jaguars, tigers, cougars, panthers, cheetahs, and bears, has been prohibited in Michigan since 2000 after the Large Carnivore Act was established.


Animals That You Can Legally Own in Michigan

Even though you can't legally own large carnivores (thankfully), there are some other fun and cute options. There are several animals that you can surprisingly own in Michigan including skunks, deer, sugar gliders, raccoons, red foxes, two-toed sloths, otters, camels, and more.

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Is It Legal to Own a Monkey in Michigan?

The private ownership of non-human primates, or NHPs, is not regulated in the state of Michigan. Although this bill aimed to introduce regulations, the private ownership of NHPs remains legal and unregulated in our state.

Simply put, yes, you can own a monkey as a pet in Michigan.


Despite their adorableness, non-human primates often have incredibly long lifespans or require specialized care.

Just because it's legal in Michigan doesn't mean you should actually own a monkey or an ape. Primates belong in their native habitat, not swinging from your chandelier. These are wild animals that can be very dangerous and should not be kept as pets in private homes."

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