Caring for Primates: How to Care for Guenons as Pets

how to care for guenons

Caring for primates requires a lot of effort and patience. Similar to all primates, Guenons are very high maintenance. Therefore, we will discuss how to care for Guenons.

How to Care for Guenons

Housing Guenons

Guenon monkeys thrive in tropical conditions. To survive, Guenons need a temperature of at least 70°F. These monkeys are most comfortable when the temperature is between 75°-85°F.

These monkeys like to climb, run, jump and even leap very large distances from branch to branch. Therefore, Guenons pets require a cage large enough so that they can climb around and play.

Feeding Guenons

Unlike other tree-dwelling and leaf-eating monkeys, Guenons have a more varied diet. Rotating food so that Guenons have a different selection each day is ideal as well. This diet typically includes the following:

  • apples
  • grapes
  • melons
  • green beans
  • corn
  • eggplant
  • cabbage
  • lettuce
  • kale
  • seeds
  • insects

This type of monkey also preys on some reptiles and occasionally small mammals.

Training Guenons

Young Guenons make gentle, trusting pets. If treated well, they typically have pleasing dispositions and like attention. However, as they mature or if they are mistreated, they are large enough to become a threat.  The disposition of adult Guenons can be unpredictable, sometimes bordering on aggressive.

Therefore, they are not pets to be taken on lightly. These monkeys require more daily commitment and dedication than the average pet does.

Veterinary Care for Guenons as Pets

Regular veterinary visits are necessary for overall health of your Guenon. Many diseases that can affect Guenons are transmittable to humans, so routine veterinary visits are essential.

All Pets Veterinary Medical provides veterinary care for primates in Bryan/College Station, TX. Contact us to discuss vaccination requirements for your exotic pet.


These are just the basics on how to care for Guenons as pets. All Pets provides monkey veterinary care services in Bryan/College Station, TX. Contact us with the link below for more information.

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