Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary Inc

Rating: 4.88 stars   106 reviews

Address:

13915 N State Road 121 Gainesville FL 32653 USA

Mission:

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary--the largest New World primate sanctuary in the U.S.--provides permanent, high-quality sanctuary care for monkeys who have been abused, confiscated by authorities, used in research, kept as "pets" or who are simply no longer wanted. We care for the individual medical, psychological and behavioral needs of these monkeys by protecting and providing them a safe, healthy and stimulating environment for life.

Results:

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary was incorporated in 1997 and is now home to 300 monkeys who live on 39 acres in Gainesville, Florida. The greatest demand for sanctuary care within the past 18 months is for monkeys being released from research laboratories, a trend that shows no signs of letting up. 76 of the monkeys rescued since 2014 have come from research laboratories and we are in active discussions with other universities who wish to retire their monkeys. The sanctuary facility is as unique as the monkey residents who call it home, We have designed acres of "living habitats" where monkeys live in spacious natural habitats linked together by miles of elevated runways. We are home to the state-of-the-art Bob Barker Medical Clinic, a medical facility designed specifically for monkey healthcare. We proudly specialize in caring for monkeys with special-needs including those suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes and those with physical limitations such as blindness, amputations and paralysis.

Programs:

Saving Monkeys, Promoting Compassion.

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Reviews for Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary Inc

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  

5 people found this review helpful

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?

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?

2012

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Helene, we sure do appreciate all you do for Jungle Friends!

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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!

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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?

2012

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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!

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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!

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2012

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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!