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  

2 people found this review helpful

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is a labor of love! Everyone I have come in contact with, on the occasions I have been to visit, draw, and paint the monkeys, genuinely cares for these primates! I have come on the spur of the moment at times and I have come after having given plenty of advance notice. Everything was exactly the same in either case: wonderful! Monkeys used in laboratories from various locations spend their golden years in a habitat hundreds of times larger than the tiny cages they spent their entire lives up to their introduction into the primate sanctuaries. Former pets and former performance monkeys also are part of the monkey community there. All are treated for any ailments, fed well, and given attention as needed. It is truly a joy to see the happy primates living nearly as they would had they not been removed from nature. Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary has inspired me so much that I now volunteer by painting their primates to help raise funds. If I could do more to help I would!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kari and her staff run the best primate sanctuary in the world! The monkeys eat the healthiest food, have the most spacious and beautifully enriched habitats. My volunteer time here has been some of the most joyful periods in my life. The food is 100% vegetarian and mostly vegan in support of all living beings! Kari manifests miracles for primates here!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I volunteer when I am in Gainesville visiting some regular volunteers. I love helping at Jungle Friends. The monkeys know the longtime volunteers and it is so funny to hear them scream greetings when my friends arrive. The staff and interns are very busy with a zillion things and volunteers are needed to help them. Time flies when you volunteer here because there is so much to do.

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

nothing

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 volunteered with a group from UF last month and we all have a wonderful experience and plan to come back again. What we were most impressed with were how knowledgeable the staff and interns were. The Director even met with us explaining some of the future projects that were in the works at the sanctuary.Everyone was very patient with us, answering all of our questions thoroughly, we all left with a new appreciation for monkeys and all the hard work that goes into caring for them. If you are looking for a rewarding experience, you will find it at 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?

A lot

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 group volunteered for Jungle Friends about three weeks ago and really enjoyed it! The staff was kind and engaging and seemed to have a real passion for the monkeys! The monkeys are very well taken care of; each shares a spacious enclosure with a couple other monkeys and is given toys, hammocks, and a variety of shelters and branches to swing from. The staff explained that the monkeys are paired based on positive relationships formed with other monkeys, so each has a friend. The happiness and comfortability, in addition to the monkeys' health and well-being, are important to the staff here. They seem dedicated in making this a "sanctuary" for the monkeys, and I feel as though they have greatly succeeded!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

A lot

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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Thank you so much, we run on Volunteer Power here at Jungle Friends, so we are so glad you had a great experience! And wow, you sure learned a lot during your visit, I must compliment our staff on how well they convey the message about the monkeys to you and your group

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Our group had a great experience at Jungle Friends. We went as part of a service club trip which I led. I had tried contacting a number of animal rescue/sanctuaries around Gainesville, but Jungle Friends was definitely the most responsive. After the trip, everyone wanted to come back again, so we will be coming back in the next few months. Overall, definitely a very rewarding and interesting experience.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thank you Nick, your group was super and we look forward to having you back out next semester!

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

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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