Having just spent three days at Jungle Friends, I think you should know that it is one of the most extraordinary sanctuaries I have ever visited. The dedicated staff, mostly volunteers, takes care of more than 100 monkeys with enthusiasm and careful attention to detail. Director Kari Bagnal has tremendous spirit and knowledge--she's great with animals and people! Jungle Friends is a model primate sanctuary; I've never seen so many contented, calm monkeys and so many staffers loving their work. The place is pristine; the monkey habitats are spacious and inventive. I encourage everyone to support this place, which I hope expands to help more monkeys in need. There are so many! Elizabeth Hess, author Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human
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.
I have been volunteering with Jungle Friends for a little under a year, and recently became a board member because I believe in the Jungle Friends mission, I believe in Kari Bagnall, and I adore the monkeys. These monkeys need us because too many humans believe animals exist to serve human needs, but Jungle Friends serves the monkeys -- wholeheartedly and selflessly. Kari has dedicated every moment of her life to trying to mitigate at least some of the damage that humans have done to these precious creatures. Every action taken and every decision made there is clearly made with the guiding principle of "will it benefit the monkeys?" I can donate my time, energy and money to Jungle Friends without ever questioning whether it is appreciated or is used wisely. How many nonprofits do you support where you can really, truly believe that?
Thank you Helene, we sure do appreciate all you do for Jungle Friends!
When I was hired as the Sanctuary Manager, I was very pleased to see the exceptional care given to each individual monkey. Many of the monkeys have special needs that must be met inorder to live comfortably. Some are diabetic, some are toothless and some just need a little extra attention. Jungle Friends is happy to provide whatever is necessary to keep the monkeys happy. I have never seen another place that takes into consideration each individual monkey's story and treats them as such - as individuals. It's a wonderful place, and a great volunteer opportunity!
My volunteer time spent at Jungle Frineds Primate Sanctuary over the last eight years has taught me how to make a difference. For too long I felt it impossible to make a difference given the seemingly overwhelming magnitude of the many problems confronting me that I felt concerned about. However, once I began volunteering at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary I learned that I could make a difference one issue or in this case one monkey at a time. I learned that while there are tens of thousands of monkeys that need my help I could make a difference one at a time. By helping each monkey as it came along I was in some small fashion helping the group as a whole.
Thank you Claude, one small fashion? Are you kidding?! You have done so much for these monkeys, I cannot image a Jungle Friends without your generous support and your expansive knowledge in giving these monkeys the best life we can!
I am the founder of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary; so of course, I love the monkeys and the sanctuary and am able to see firsthand the difference we make in the lives of the monkeys who now call Jungle Friends home. So, many monkeys with such sad stories whose lives have turned around are an amazing thing to watch. But I must tell you, the human primates who find their way to Jungle Friends are just as amazing! You will never meet a more caring group of staff, interns and volunteers as you will meet at the sanctuary. The humans at Jungle Friends really know what the term ‘in-service’ means; they are the embodiment of service! If you ever feel like giving up on the human race (we have all had our moments) take a trip to Jungle Friends and meet some of the most remarkable human primates!
Jungle friends took my 4 monkeys and provided a home for them when I could no longer keep them. It is a wonderful place and and I am so very thankful for Kari and her sanctuary. They could not be in a better place, they are happy and have 100's of friends to play with.
Oh, Susan you are most welcome, we love your monkeys and they love it here - Ernie is always looking for a good back scratch, Hayley is still our most photogenic monkey, and of course, Spanky is always ready to terrorize the new volunteers and Bonnie is just as sweet as ever!