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 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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Having worked with primates for over 40 years, and at many primate sanctuaries in this country, I can honestly say that in my opinion, Jungle Friends is the best. I currently have been at the sanctuary every day since My 23rd. I care for the diabetic and special needs monkeys. The staff is dedicated beyond measure. Please come out and volunteer and make life better for all these wonderful primates!

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

have more dedicated volunteers and of course, more money for Jungle Friends.

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

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2013

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I cannot believe I just read a comment that was so far off the truth, it is no funny. In fact, it is slanderous. I have been a part of Jungle Friends for over 10 years when I brought my own monkey there in 2003. May, 2013, Kari (not Keri) called me because my monkey was sick. I bought a one way ticket and have been there every day since. I have worked with many sanctuaries and Jungle Friends is the best I have ever encountered. The huge, natural habitats are well maintained, and the diets the primates receive are well balanced and fresh. Every primate has 2 bowls, one for biscuits and one for diet. Kari and the staff are very attentive to each and every animal and many lives have been saved because injuries and illness do not go unnoticed. Kari did not take a salary for many years and even now, puts most of her money back into the sanctuary. I have always felt comfortable asking friends and family to donate to this sanctuary because I know, first hand, that the money goes directly to caring for these incredible animals.

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

get more people to donate so that more monkeys could live out their lives in this beautiful sanctuary!

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

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Definitely

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2013

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I hope most of you have followed the story of Murphy Brown's adventures from Los Angeles to the magical land of Jungle Friends. I wrote a piece for the last newsletter and then another for the website after her arrival in April.
Well it's now July and many things have happened in those three months. First of and most amazing of all....Murphy Brown has been off of insulin since June 27th and tests normal for the first time in almost five years. Why? Diet? Exercise? Perhaps....but to reverse the damage that was done in those five years of suffering at the hands of incompetent vets and a well meaning but incompetent human mother is only one thing , A MIRACLE. If love could cure diabetes, Murphy would have been cured. Upon her diagnosis, I took classes to learn about the disease, I searched the internet, I sent her blood tests to different vets. I got so many different opinions that nothing made sense. I have, in writing, Murphy's original vets' instructions, that would have killed her had I followed them. I did not give up... I prayed and I cried and I loved that little monkey more than ever. I met Kari and Nicole in January and knew that my prayers had been answered. I told Kari I would wait until April 10th and if I didn't have a plane that could take us I would drive. On April 6th, as I am calling rent-a-car places, my phone beeps and it's a friend telling me I have a plane, leaving April 10th. The rest is history.

I left my heart and my monkey on June 21st. Murphy is having so much fun and is feeling so good that she doesn’t even miss me. That's okay, I miss her enough for both of us. I have become Kari's assistant (assistant what, I have no idea) and I can't wait to get back to my second home. I plan on visiting as often as possible when I can't be there in person I am in touch everyday by telephone and e-mail. And I will continue to fundraise for Jungle Friends.

I urge everyone try a little fundraising, if not for Jungle Friends then for something else you really believe in. Not only am I helping a truly worthy cause but I also found that I have a lot of generous, loving people in my life and for that I will be forever grateful.

Please help Jungle Friends today with your tax deductible contribution through Paypal.

Thank you for your continued support.

Lots of Monkey Love,
Kari and the Monks

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2003

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I can say with absolute certainty that Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is a wonderful place! The staff and volunteers are all loving, dedicated individuals who always put the needs of the monkeys before their own. The monkeys receive attentive care and fresh, vegetarian diets. Jungle Friends is a safe and caring place for both the monkeys who call it home, and the humans who wish it was. I encourage everyone to come and volunteer to see first hand the difference that Jungle Friends is making!

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

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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I have been working with non-profits for over 13 years and have the amazing opportunity to work at Jungle Friends as the Office Manager. This is one of the best-run non-profits with the most dedicated staff I have ever seen. Even though I work in the office I get plenty of 'monkey time' and get to see how happy, well-fed and healthy all of the monkeys are.

Kari is an amazing woman and an inspiration to everyone around her; she works tirelessly and is the most hands-on boss I have encountered. She is out with the monkeys from sun up to sun down (and sometimes later), ensuring that they have the best quality of life possible.

I love Jungle Friends and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in volunteering or getting involved with primates!

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

Give it more funding so that more monkeys can have a wonderful life!

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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3 people found this review helpful

I just want everyone to know what a wonderful sanctuary this is!! If you have a free day please come by and witness first hand the dedication and love for these monkeys. If you are anything like me, you will leave with the feeling of accomplishment from helping out and have a whole new respect for staff/volunteers/interns for all of the hard work and care that they give the monkeys. Everyday is new adventure at Jungle Friends and seeing the monkeys thrive will surely put a smile on everyone's face. Being a helping part of it all is just an added bonus that everyone should experience for themselves.

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

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Definitely

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2013

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I have had the pleasure of witnessing what Jungle Friends has to offer for the monkeys firsthand. And let me just say - it is IMPRESSIVE!! I have a Marmoset Monkey that I rescued 8 years ago that now has a wonderful monkey life at Jungle Friends with other monkey like herself, I volunteer and help out in the Monkey Yard whenever I have a free moment, I sponsor monkeys, I work in the office keeping their finances in order and I recently joined their Board of Directors. I totally 100% believe in this non-profit organization that puts the monkeys needs first and foremost before anything else. Kari has dedicated her life to making sure every monkey that crosses her path has the best life possible. Anyone who doubts Jungle Friends beliefs or care for these monkeys need only come out and volunteer and they too will see firsthand what an amazing place this is. There are not many places where you can see a monkey living in a naturalist live habitat swinging and climbing in trees, chasing live bugs and just living life to the fullest. No concrete floors or concrete walls, instead they have grass, trees and bugs. Not to mention they are fed like kings and queens with all fresh fruits and veggies and species appropriate monkey biscuits. Jungle Friends is one of a kind sanctuary and the dedication and compassion for the animals here is what it is all about!!

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

no changed needed!!! Except to have more people understand the great work that goes on here and get more involved!!!

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I am the sanctuary manager at Jungle Friends primate sanctuary. I would like to start off by saying I've worked for many sanctuaries and Jungle Friends is one of the best monkey sanctuaries out there. All in our care receive fresh produce and vegetarian meals that are donated each morning. We always pay close attention to all diets and food that is given to every animal in our care. We continue to improve every habitat on a daily basis. All in our care receive the very best we can give and have plenty of dedicated staff and volunteers to go around :)

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

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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I have been involved with Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary since 1999. In my opinion, there would be no better place to have a monkey live out it's captive years.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This Terrible organization Keri doesn't know anything about monkeys. Jungle friends is a toxic organization Keri does not put your donation to good use she spends them on build a deck for her trailer and buying things like a a personal atv for herself and a Hot tub. She treats her staff like crap forcing them to work 7 days a week from 6:30am to 8pm with out a beak. She runs off interns and has even called the cops on interns for want to leave after being treated poorly. The monkey are feed weeks old leftovers that smell like death and there habitats are not cleaned for months. Sadly the monkey are better off back in the labs there far better places put your time and money in to.

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Everything

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2013

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Jungle Friends just found this libelous comment and we are contacting our attorneys to find out who wrote these lies and sue them for libel.

My name is Kari Bagnall, Founder and Executive Director of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary and unfortunately, we have been unable to find out who this person is who wrote the ridiculous statements about the sanctuary, nor can we get the comment removed, so I will address the negative comments individually. First of all I have been taking care of monkeys for over 20 years and am considered an "expert" in the field. I did not spend donations on building a deck on the single-wide trailer that I live in, the deck was built by Claude, one of our donors, volunteers and my fiancé. Claude built and paid for the deck because it is a perfect place to observe monkey socializations. The ATV is not mine, it belongs to a neighbor who used to ride it over here when he volunteered, however, we have since asked him not to drive it on the property, as it was too loud. Our staff does not work 7 days a week, nor do they work from 6:30 - 8 pm, have they ever? YES, anyone working with animals knows that if there is a problem, you take care of the animals first, we have had hurricanes, staff shortages, monkeys in need of 24-hour care, well, on and on, but if you ask our staff if they feel that they are not being treated appropriately, you will find that our staff are very happy, love their work and are not abused. You can call the sanctuary 386-462-7779 and ask to talk to one of the carestaff and ask them yourselves, or come on out and volunteer and ask them in person. We are very fortunate to have wonderful caregivers who are dedicated to the monkeys and the Jungle Friends philosophy. Calling the cops on interns, hmmm, that is a very strange statement, it didn't happen, so I cannot address that statement. If you question what the monkeys eat, please come to the sanctuary to volunteer at 6:30 am when we are preparing their breakfast and see for yourself what they eat. We purchase fresh produce every week that is served every day. We get food from the Krishna donated 3 times a week, it is very tasty vegetarian food. I can assure you that it is all fresh, healthy food. Every day, we serve fresh produce, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, nuts, fruit, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, lentils, beans and rice, and hot veggies in the wintertime. These bowls are collected about 4 hours after they have been served breakfast, the monkeys are also served monkey chow, seeds, nuts and other goodies throughout the day. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the sanctuary or email us Info@junglefriends.org.

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I just can't say enough good things about Jungle Friends and its founder Kari Bagnall. She has provided a safe haven for more than 100 primates and is an accredited sanctuary, which means she does not buy, breed, sell, trade nor add to the problem by enabling breeders & exploiters to use her as a dumping ground. Our own volunteers from Big Cat Rescue frequently drive several hours to help Jungle Friends build cages because they know first hand the good work being done there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the transformation of un socialized lab monkeys into members of a happy troop.

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

try to recruit more volunteers from the Gainsville college who are interested in PR and who could help make the plight of unwanted monkeys known.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the animals benefit from our help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

angels.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide the government with a place to send confiscated animals so that the inspectors did not just turn a blind eye to abuse for lack of an alternative.

Ways to make it better...

I had more resources to give.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

that people do not know about the great work they do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

your donations go to the animals at Jungle Friends and that is what animal donors really want.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Thank you so much for your kind words, and right back at ya! We sure do appreciate the BCR volunteers, it has been Big Cat Rescue to the rescue for over 10 years now, and we sure appreciate your support for the monkeys, and of course, for the cats you serve! Jungle Friends loves Big Cat Rescue!