Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Buying a Pygmy Marmoset: Have the Right Papers

Perhaps one of the most famous pet monkeys in the world is Mally, who is formerly owned by Justin Bieber. Unfortunately, despite the singer’s proper care, Mally ended up being confiscated by German authorities due to lack of legal documents, and has begun its new life in Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen. Bieber still owes German authorities £6,850 ($11.717.68) for the transfer process, among other costs.

Monkeys generally thrive in woodlands, savannahs, and mountains; but they can be domesticated, just like Mally. However, there are challenges in keeping monkeys as pets, even more if you keep the smaller pygmy marmoset as one.

Most states either have no laws or have completely banned ownership of primates. Florida is one of a few states with an intricate permit system where marmosets fall under Class III wildlife. Your county of residence won't matter; the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) is the sole regulator of exotic animals throughout the state.

To apply for a Class III permit, you must be at least 16 years old and have the necessary papers, like a husbandry form and disaster plan form. Your home must also cater to the needs of Class II wildlife, which includes allocating enough land, erecting a perimeter fence, and creating a 35-foot buffer zone.

There's also a good chance that you won't be taking care of a marmoset alone. Some experts say marmosets must not be kept as pets, otherwise, they warrant professional support. Many experts, provide continuous support long after a marmoset or small finger monkey has been bought.

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