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What I want to do

Care for cats and end the trade

What matters to me

Caring for cats - Ending the trade

What inspires me

Volunteers

Tampa, FL USA


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CENTER FOR GREAT APES
September 22, 2013

Big Cat Rescue's volunteers have been visiting the Center for Great Apes for many years as private guests of the sanctuary, but I had never been until recently. As someone who operates a sanctuary for 100+ lions, tigers and other big cats, I know how hard it is to provide both a secure environment and one that is as natural as possible for the inhabitants. The Center for Great Apes has managed to do exactly that and I just love the tunnel system that gives the animals freedom to move about the grounds. If I had visited the Center for Great Apes earlier I would have instituted a similar tunnel system for the cats long ago.

Ways to make it better...

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

The only negative factor for the Center for Great Apes is that it is so remote. That makes it hard to attract volunteers, but I understand all of the reasons for building such facilities as far from people as possible.

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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

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field

JUNGLE FRIENDS PRIMATE SANCTUARY INC
June 8, 2009

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.

The Great!

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & CEO of Big Cat Rescue.