Quick Answer: Can You Legally Own A Gorilla?

Can a gorilla be a pet?

It depends on where you live, in the US, there are states where it is legal to have a gorilla as a pet, often a license and special permit is required.

Gorillas are huge, weighing over 400 pounds, gorillas are roughly 6 times as strong as a strong human and they live to be some 60 years.

How much does it cost to own a gorilla?

De Merode said the selling price for infant gorillas can run from about $15,000 to $40,000.

Examples of Prohibited Animals
UtahBear, tiger, lion, cheetah, monkey, ape, gorilla, kangaroo, lemur (exceptions apply)
VermontExotic animals prohibited as pets, including bear, lion, tiger, wolf, gorilla, monkey, etc.
VirginiaBear, wolf, coyote, hyena, lion, tiger, leopard, alligator, crocodile

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Is it illegal to have an orangutan as a pet?

It is illegal for individuals to own orangutans in the United States. The Fish and Wildlife Service gives permits to researchers and, occasionally, ape wranglers for movies or tv programs but these are very limited. So no matter the size of the cage, keeping an orangutan as a pet is cruel.