JUNGLE FRIENDS PRIMATE SANCTUARY INC

Rating: 4.83 stars   104 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 13915 N State Road 121 Gainesville FL 32653 USA

Mission: The mission of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is to rescue and offer a permanent, safe haven for primates who have been abused, confiscated by authorities, used in research, kept as pets, or who are simply no longer wanted.
Results: We have provided a safe, permanent home to nearly 200 monkeys (as well as 6 rescue dogs and 5 parrots). All of our monkeys are housed in live habitats built on natural ground with plenty of plants for play, food, and hiding. Our goal is to make sure every monkey is introduced to a compatible monkey friend of the same or like species. They are given every opportunity to behave naturally in a wonderfully loving environment.
Programs: Saving Monkeys, Promoting Compassion.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I placed my monkey at Jungle Friends in 2003, stayed with her for 10 weeks and have visited her often over the years. I moved to Gainesville in 2013 and have been at the sanctuary every day since. Please come out and witness firsthand what incredible care these lucky primates receive every day of the lives. It takes a whole lot of caring people to run such a great sanctuary, please come out and make a difference.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more volunteers

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been working with sanctuaries for many years all over the country and Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is by far one of the best, if not THE best primate sanctuary! If you don't believe me, just visit the sanctuary and see for yourself. I couldn't disagree more with the previous comment. I love Jungle Friends! Amanda ME

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask everyone to do more for this sanctuary, by donating, volunteering and spreading the word that monkeys belong in the wild, not in labs or in people's homes!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I volunteered last weekend and I was unimpressed. Another member in my group already posted the problems we saw below. Its against the law to have as many monkeys as they have and as few staff. However, this isn't why I decided to post. I took it upon myself to comment on the fact that right after a member in my group posted a comment about Jungle Friends' few good practices and their many bad a plethora of great reviews came in. So I went back in the history of this review and saw that after every bad review there were numerous good reviews that followed immediately. Then there was inactivity until another bad review came along and once again immediately good reviews followed. This trend is prevalent through this entire review. That seems a little fishy. I would only assume the director is creating good reviews on this site to cover the bad. This is supposed to be a site for honest reviews. Maybe instead of hiding your mistakes be an adult and address them. I'm going to encourage everyone in my club to post on this and I can tell you none of them had a positive experience aside from the few staff we worked with who were kind. I feel bad for them if they have to deal with such a negative and rude director.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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My name is Kari Bagnall, Founder and Executive Director of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, and I want to apologize for any problem you or your group had with our sanctuary. Especially describing us as a Horrible Sanctuary, my goodness, those are pretty strong words, so I would really like to hear more about why you think Jungle Friends is so horrible and would sure like to invite you back out in the hopes of changing your view about the sanctuary that so many of us have worked so long and hard to build! I would certainly be interested in knowing what problems you or your group had with the sanctuary or your experience. As far as staffing, we not only have a more than adequate caregiving staff, but we have a full-time vet and vet tech, so please contact me with any staffing issues you may have. You can call me at 386-462-7779. Or you can email the sanctuary Info@junglefriends.org and please let us know in writing the exact nature of your complaint so that we can remedy the wrong that was done to you and your group by myself, our staff, interns or volunteers....if you want to remain anonymous, you can certainly keep posting to this site and ask all of your friends to post negative reviews, but as the Founder of the sanctuary, I hope that you will contact me directly so that we can set up a meeting to see exactly how you and your group were harmed or why you were unimpressed by your volunteerism at the sanctuary. We frequently ask our volunteers to comment on this site, we actually have many more happy volunteers than otherwise, the work isn't glamorous, but many of our volunteers have been volunteering for years, washing the same monkey bowls, chopping produce and doing monkey laundry, but it is necessary work to ensure the quality of life we want to give the monkeys in our care. I would also like to know what you are referring to as far as the "rude director", I usually do not work directly with the weekend volunteers, so I am a bit taken aback being accused of being “negative & rude”, maybe it was something I said, or didn’t say, either way, I certainly do not want to appear negative or rude, as I am very appreciative of our volunteers and hope that they know this! Thank you for your cooperation and your interest in the monkeys at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary and for wanting to help us better serve the community. Please contact me at your earliest convenience!

P.S. We have not had a Volunteer Group here for several weeks, so you were not here last weekend or the weekend before. I called the group that was here three weeks ago to see if you were in their group so that we could find out the exact nature of your problem with the sanctuary, however, the group leader said that their group had a great time and even posted here on Great NonProfits today, so I am not sure I can help you with your problem unless you will call or email me, I look forward to speaking to you very soon.

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary for some time now, and I also donate as much as I can to help the monkeys. This is a wonderful organization run by some of the most dedicated and compassionate individuals I have ever met! The monkeys are well taken care of and the staff are always friendly. Whenever I volunteer I feel appreciated, have a lot of fun, and learn something new every time. The staff are very knowledgeable about primates and are always there to explain primate behavior and answer any questions I may have. There is no feeling in the world that compares to the way you feel after you have been at Jungle Friends!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing! This place is amazing!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I placed my pet monkey in the care of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary many years ago. I donated toward a new habitat for my monkey and even helped their staff and volunteers build the habitat for my precious little girl. I also contribute monthly for her care, because I know that the sanctuary survives only on private donations. I visit the sanctuary frequently and volunteer my time to help the sanctuary and see my monkey thrive with her new monkey friends in the compassionate care of the Jungle Friends Family! Jungle Friends saved my monkey's life (she is diabetic) and my sanity! I thank God every day for Kari, the founder, and her dedicated staff, interns and loyal volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of a thing!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I want to start out by saying Ive given a lot of time and as much money as I can afford to many different non profits throughout the country and am pleased to say that Jungle Friends is deserving of both. I have been volunteering and donating to this organization for some time now and love every second I'm able to spend there. I am extremely Impressed with the dedication of the entire staff and that of the volunteers that give so much of their time for these amazing beings. It saddens me that we even need places like this but am happy that Jungle Friends provides such exceptional care for the monkeys that call Jungle Friends home. I am very proud to know all at Jungle Friends and I would suggest to anyone looking to donate to an amazing non profit to look into Jungle Friends. Every cent is spent on the animals. I feel proud supporting an organization like Jungle Friends and will continue to do so for a long time to come :)

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering every weekend at the sanctuary for over 9 years now. I commute 45 miles each way every weekend. I have helped a lot of volunteers, staff, and most importantly the monkeys who have helped fill a previously empty place in my life. I run a business and have included my employees, all of whom have worked for me for over four years, in my Jungle Friends activities.

The work is constant, yet rewarding, with the experience of volunteering on a continuing basis allowing me to experience Jungle Friends for more than just a snapshot of time. I invite all to volunteer and get to know the monkeys and staff for more than just a few hours. The reward truly is knowing and seeing what I am able to provide helps others, understanding that in giving of my time and abilities I place something or someone else above my own personal day to day wants.

I do what I can, not perfectly, but to the best of my abilities. I believe you learn something new every day if you allow yourself to.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Jungle Friends is a rewarding place to volunteer. The monkeys needs come first at this place. They have the best life possible for captive monkeys. One of the staff told me that one of the monkeys got ahold of someone's keys and the monkey ran over to a lock. That is so heartbreaking that the monkeys know they are under lock and key and want out. But, such is the fate of a captive monkey. The habitats at Jungle Friends are large and there is lots of things to do, and play with. While you work here you get to see monkeys playing with each other. What an amazing place!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My priority for available time is to be at Jungle Friends as much as possible! It is hard to describe how rewarding it is, just knowing you're helping make life a bit better for these monkeys. The luckiest monkeys are the ones who are in the wild where they belong. For the unfortunate ones not in their natural home, Jungle Friends is absolutely the best alternative. It is not just the food, shelter, and monkey companionship that makes a difference, it is also the care, compassion and respect each of them is given by their human caregivers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it the winning lottery ticket!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Been volunteering at Jungle Friends for a while now, not only are all in their care taken care of exceptionally well the staff are truly dedicated in what they are doing. Thank You Jungle Friends

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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