Hominoid Psychology Research Group

Are Chimpanzees Good Pets?


Chimpanzees are wild animals and extremely strong and unpredictable – even as infants.

The illegal pet trade is playing a major role in threatening the future of chimpanzees and and many other primates (including bonobos).

Currently there is no federal law that prevents the ownership of pet chimpanzees and hundreds of people in the U.S. have pet chimpanzees. Hollywood and Hallmark Greeting Cards are not helping by portraying chimpanzees as pet worthy.

For more on the pet chimpanzee issue please visit: www.chimpsarenotpets.com.

WARNING: The website includes graphic video and photos of people who were attacked by "pet" chimpanzees.