Prosimians and other primates are wild animals, not pets! Wild animals do not become domesticated by simply keeping them in human environments. Domestication of a species occurs over thousands of years. Prosimians make up a large percentage of the estimated 15,000 primates in the U.S. found in personal possession as pets, roadside attractions, entertainers, or photographic props. Keeping primates in personal possession poses serious risks to animal welfare, public health and safety, and conservation.


  • Prosimians, like all primates, require specialized professional husbandry in order to thrive in human care. Their health, behavioral, social, environmental, and nutritional needs are next to impossible to fulfull in personal possession settings. When not provided appropriate care, they suffer psychological, behavioral, and/or physical damage, often including self-injurious or stereotypic behavior and social skill deficits.

  • Wild animals like prosimians have natural instincts that lead to unpredictable and uncontrollable aggression as adults. They can inflict serious injuries, often even on their primary caretakers. Serious diseases can be transmitted between humans and non-human primates, even prosimians.

  • Inappropriate use of prosimians and other primates undermines the important work of conservationists trying to save species from extinction in the wild!










Prosimians in the Pet Trade