Interest in exotic pets has always existed in the Middle East, but what's changing is the number of new millionaires who have the means to acquire and afford them, and the ease of technology to facilitate their desires. "Hi, I am looking for a baby monkey," one Instagrammer commented on a video of a baby chimp. "Do you have any born baby available and where is your location in Dubai?"
Sadly, the desire for an exotic pet often overrides any sympathy or concern for the impact on the animals sold into private homes. Because primate mothers aggressively protect their young, prying a baby away from her often involves violence. Conservationist Karl Ammann has estimated that 10 chimpanzees must be killed to get one baby suitable for selling.