born to be wild

by joey olvera

if you keep a monkey as a pet

Their intelligence can also increase danger. Chimpanzees have been known to figure out how to escape enclosures and even to use trickery to escape. In captivity they can quickly become frustrated with the lack of stimulation from their environment or lack of a friend. The demands of keeping a chimpanzee healthy in captivity are enormous and require highly trained specialists and facilities. Yet people insist on keeping them as pets and this has proven disastrous. Many states now ban the ownership of large primates as pets, yet a few are still being kept, in some cases because they may be if they were acquired before the law was enacted

Real-life stories?

Joy and George Adamson becoming surrogate parents of an orphaned lion cub named Elsa and her eventual release back into the wild

What are some dangers for animals?

lions, tigers, wolves, bears, reptiles, non-human primates belong in their natural habitat and not in the hands of private individuals as “pets.” By their very nature, these animals are wild and potentially dangerous and, as such, do not adjust well to a captive environment.

What are some dangers for people?

the animals can get aggressive and kill

What's legal and illegal

All other wildlife not listed herein, except those for which a permit is not required pursuant to rule

What's the impact on the environment?

more danger to people

What do the numbers say

Certainly 6,000 to 7,000 tigers are held by private individuals.

What do the experts say?

they don't really want you to have a dangerous animal
Danger in Your Backyard - Wild Animals as Pets