Exotic Animals

The Real Price of Buying a Monkey

Every year, nearly 3.8 million tourists visit the beautiful island of Bali. Many of them visit attractions and participate in activities that fuel immense animal suffering. When holidaying in Bali, please choose the places you visit and support with caution.
Sadly, throughout Bali and Indonesia, many wild animals are kept for entertainment and are sold in markets and on the streets. Some of the most common wild animals caught and sold to supply pet markets are monkeys – stolen from the wild and taken from their forest home and families. Many mother monkeys are killed so their babies can be taken. Many babies end up in horrific, dirty and diseased markets, kept on short and heavy chains, screaming in fear and pain.


A Growing Problem

The trade in wildlife is rife in Indonesia. It decimates wild populations, spreads disease and causes unimaginable suffering to individual animals. The trade in primates is of growing concern and these beautiful and charismatic animals are suffering miserable lives … caged and chained, lonely and scared.


What You Need to Know

Exotic animals are not pets! Wild animals like monkeys are very difficult to care for. Many exotic animals are bought when they are young – and small. But they quickly grow big and become unmanageable. A small enclosure soon becomes useless and a whole house can’t provide these animals with the space, stimulation and opportunities they need to live fulfilling lives. In the wild, primates spend their entire lives in the company of other primates. Many captive primates don’t even have the company of one of their species.

  • You can leave at the end of your holiday … they can’t! Many compassionate tourists think they are helping animals by buying them. But when you leave, who will take care of them? With no facilities to house these animals, few people can provide a lifetime of responsible care. Many exotic animals are passed from home to home, never receiving adequate care or a stable environment. Many are abandoned in alien and hostile territory. Many are left caged and chained, vulnerable to a life of abuse and neglect.
  • Many tourists who “collect” a monkey on their travels take them island-hopping. Did you know it is ILLEGAL under Bali’s anti-rabies by-law to bring monkeys into and out of Bali?


What You Can Do

BAWA believes that wildlife belongs in the wild. The trade in monkeys and other wildlife species should be considered an urgent priority for law enforcement agencies, yet Indonesia’s laws are weak and rarely enforced. BAWA is committed to lobbying for change, but we need YOUR help!

  • Please don’t let your money fund the wildlife trade! We understand how hard it is to walk away from monkeys and other animals suffering at the hands of traders. But please NEVER buy a wild animal. The reality is that each time an animal is bought, you are placing an order for another animal to be stolen from its home in the wild. The only way to stop the trade – and the suffering – is to stem the demand.
  • DO NOT stay at hotels that keep wild animals for entertainment.
  • WRITE to your tour operator expressing your concerns if you see facilities housing or selling wildlife.
  • WRITE to your local Indonesian Embassy to call for an end to the illegal wildlife trade.
  • TAKE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS to submit to BAWA if you see wildlife for sale.

BAWA does not support facilities that keep wild animals in captivity for commercial gain. Keeping wildlife in captivity for food production or entertainment is unacceptable. For more information, please contact us at: