Monkeys are fascinating creatures. Their human-like behaviour intrigues even those who are not animal lovers and their antics bring laughter and excitement to many. For this reason, having a monkey as a pet has become popular with many people.
If you plan on getting a monkey, depending on its size, you will need to build a cage that, in many states, will be evaluated to insure you have the proper size for that species. Monkey cages are not difficult to make but special attention must be paid to insure the monkey's safety at all times while he/she is in their enclosure. This article will focus on smaller, more commonly kept primates such as marmosets, tamarins and squirrel monkeys.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- 4 X 10 inch PVC pipes
- Hacksaw (optional)
- PVC glue
- Strong chain fencing
- Eyelet screws that will work in PVC (ask local hardware store)
- Metal sheets
- Enrichment toys
Design your cage according to any of your state's requirements. PVC is recommended as monkeys are curious, intelligent animals and will dedicate the majority of their time in the cage trying to figure a way out. PVC prevents them from being able to rip apart the enclosure.
Plan the cage according to the size of the primate. Larger monkeys, like capuchins, require larger cages; smaller monkeys, such as marmosets, require much less space. See resources for exact size requirements. For larger primates, the thickest PVC available is the best option.
Cut thick PVC with a hacksaw or have it done for your cage measurements at your local Home Depot. Take each piece and connect it to a corner piece. PVC glue must be applied to each pipe before connecting.
Drill holes in the PVC according to the points on the chain link fencing. If possible, drill one hole for each point on the fencing. The more secure the fencing is, the less chance the monkey can get out.
Screw in eyelet screws as deeply as possible, make sure the eyelet has room to slip the chain link fence onto it. Secure the fencing around and on top of the PVC structure.
Turn the cage over with the bottom side up.
Attach chain link fencing to eyelet screws, leaving room for drop pans that will fit the metal sheets used for droppings. Monkeys are very messy eaters and typically throw their food on the ground, along with their waste.
Close each eyelet screw with a pair of strong pliers.
Flip cage back over and hang enrichment toys inside to keep the monkey(s) stimulated, as well as hammock(s) to sleep in. Don't use hooks that screw on and off. Monkeys will figure that out and be able to manipulate them off. Weld hooks or purchase ones that lock securely with a padlock.
Tips and warnings
- Keep your monkey stimulated. Monkeys are intelligent animals and changing toys and scenery is imperative to fulfil their desire to forage as they do in the wild
- Monkeys are fascinating animals. However, once they reach sexual maturity, they typically forget all training and become less affectionate. They are wild animals and cannot, no matter how hard you try, be tamed.
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