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We support all our service monkeys for their entire lives.

Why do you require that all children living in the home be over 12 years old?

In our 35+ years of experience, we have learned that homes with small children are not the best fit for a monkey because kids are often unpredictable and cannot fully grasp the importance of a monkey’s hierarchical structure and the need for a quiet, stable environment.

It’s unfair to expect a small child who is pre-conditioned to thinking of monkeys as zoo animals or funny characters they see in movies and cartoons to respect and understand the complexities of actual monkey behaviors. Kids cannot fully comprehend that a monkey is there for service and not as a playmate. For this reason, we require that all children who are living in the household to be 12 or over prior to an adult family member’s application for our program. Please understand that we cannot make exceptions to this policy.