Jungle Friends has been helping these poor unfortunate creatures to have some sort of a normal life, and I have been volunteering since 2003. My involvement there has changed my life by making me more aware of what animals are going through, and what we are doing to them. I've become more involved helping animals by going to a plant based diet, not only for the animals, but the environment, and my health. Being in construction I've been able put my talents to good use helping with building habitats for monkeys and the human inhabitants. As well, I've been fortunate enough to be able to assist with some much needed financial help. Jungle Friends has become a large part of my life over the years, and I have met many people that contributed so much to helping these animals, it's truly inspirational.
This place is amazing! The staff has dedicated their lives to provide a close to wild habitat for all the primates in their care. I am lucky enough to have had a tour of the sanctuary. The monkeys seem so happy and each and everything one of them has a name. This is a true sanctuary, no forcing Primates to sit and take selfies with people. The work they are doing here is amazing
Jungle Friends is excellent ! We volunteered there as a family in early January 2019. Exceptional experience. Wonderful, competent staff and of course, the highlight - the monkeys ! Well loved and well cared for !!
The staff at jungle friends are devoted to their cause and show that devotion through their frequent posts, where they educate the public on monkeys, update the conditions of new arrivals and encourage people to fight to end cruelty and pet trade of these beautiful creatures. Every donation does so much for this cause and you see how much your donation helps as they expand to save more monkeys!
Jungle friends primates sanctuary is unbelieveable. . As a former monkey owner I was so fortunate that Jungle friends was there for my pets when I could no longer keep them. They are living the life as close to almost wild they could be. The care staff, habitats, grounds, medical attention, they have it all at Jungle friends. I have been involved with then over 15 years. Number one thing at Jungle friends is the monkeys.
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!
I am the founder and President of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary; so of course, I love the monkeys and appreciate all our dedicated staff, interns and volunteers who bring their compassion and dedication to the monkeys who call Jungle Friends home! The humans at Jungle Friends really know what the term ‘in-service’ means; they are the embodiment of service! You will never meet a more caring group of staff, interns and volunteers as you will meet at Jungle Friends.
I also live at the sanctuary so I am able to witness firsthand the difference we all make in the lives of the monkey residents. So, many monkeys have come to us with such sad stories. We watch them go from from rescue to recovery. The Jungle Friends team of staff, interns, volunteers, veterinarians and Board Members help to create and "Almost Wild" life for the monkeys.
Best sanctuary in the world.
I started volunteering at Jungle Friends in 2001 and fell in love with the monkeys. Jungle Friends has grown to be a large sanctuary and the exceptional standard of care has persisted.
Monkeys are wild animals and cannot be domesticated. Having a monkey as a pet is cruel, doesn’t end well, and is illegal in over half of the states in 2019 with more states to follow, without a doubt. Laws requiring animal testing need to change too because you cannot correlate what happens to a monkey to humans. Fortunately for some monkeys who were used in animal testing, when their study was over, they were transferred to Jungle Friends to live in an outdoor habitat where they can enjoy themselves.
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is a stellar non-profit organization. Everything that the founder has, from her trailer and deck to her clothes and food, has been donated by her fiancé and other close friends. The monkeys always come first.
The carestaff are extremely dedicated to the monkeys and I'm impressed everyday by their commitment to their wellbeing.
I wrote a review last year, and I'm still here and still so proud to be associated with this sanctuary and the staff who work here. The monkeys always come first at Jungle Friends and with over 300 new world primates that's a tall order to fill. If folks are in the Gainesville, Florida area you should "swing" by and check us out for yourselves. You'll be impressed, I promise.- Terry
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I've lived and worked at several other exotic animal and primate sanctuaries over my forty year span of working with and caring for non-human primates.
After living and working at Jungle Friends for over a year and a half now, I can say without a doubt, this is the most well run animal sanctuary I've seen.
It is an honor and pleasure to care for these monkeys and work with this passionate and dedicated staff.
Jungle Friends is doing great work providing retirement for former lab animals as well as former pets. The Natural out door habitats are amazing and seeing them interact with other monkeys is amazing. The carestaff and administrative staff are passionate and love to educate the public about the animals and thier challenges in the past. The founder works tirelessly for these animals. Keep up the great work.
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The sanctuary is amazing! The carestaff is very dedicated to the monkeys, and goes above and beyond each day. I have personally witnessed them caring for ill monkeys 24/7.
I am always amazed by the wonderful staff at Jungle Friends. Their #1 priority is the well-being, both physically and psychologically, of the monkeys on the sanctuary. As a volunteer, I truly know how hard the staff works. From sunrise to sunset, they are on site, working to take great care of the monkeys.
We went to Jungle Friends for what was to be a short visit and have stayed for a lifetime. We were touched by the heartbreaking stories of monkeys in captivity and the commitment of the Founder Kari Bagnall in creating a sanctuary for them to live out the remainder of their lives. Because we made the connection with animals, we changed our diet will never eat any animal products again. Over the last 15 years we have donated both time and money to Jungle Friends. Two years ago we agreed to serve on the Board of Directors. It is truly a worthwhile cause and is always in need of financial support. If you can make a big or small donation of either time or money it would be greatly appreciated by the monkeys and those who have given their lives to care for them. Junglefiends.org
I have visited and consulted with many animal sanctuaries domestically and abroad. Jungle Friends is among the finest I have been associated with anywhere. The team is not only compassionate and professional, they make tremendous effort in creating and developing nurturing and enriching neotropical habitats, exceptional organic nutritional program, and medical/wellness care that is among the finest I have ever seen. Jungle Friends is a great resource for the community and beyond and provide a life-long, safe, healthy life for primates retired from medical research, entertainment, and the pet trade. They perform a vital and admirable role for anyone committed to the interests of animal life.
This is a wonderful organization with dedicated care staff. The #1 priority of the staff is the monkeys who reside at Jungle Friends. I have witnessed members of the staff work from sunrise to sunset to ensure that the monkeys receive the best care possible.
At 63 years young, I decided to take a winter off from the blizzards and ice of NH and interned at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, in Lacrosse, Florida.. I worked with over 300 New World Species of primates on a 45 acre sanctuary with a tireless dedicated staff. In every weather condition the monkey people received compassionate care and tender loving interaction all through their day, as well as a labor intensive varied diet of fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds and more.
The routine was challenging and director lazar focused on ensuring the animals well being was first and foremost in every way. In all my years I can't think of any experience that was more meaningful and bitter sweet, as helping care for the animals at Jungle Friends, and the intense bonds that developed between staff, monkeys and interns... Truly enriching yet tragic since the plight of the animals at human hand was so very difficult to learn..
Still, Jungle Friends provides them with 24/7 love, compassion and as natural an environment as possible. With everyone's help, we can continue ensuring these animals have enriched lives, optimal nutrition, necessary veterinary care, and everything they need to live out their lives in peace, as they so deserve...
This is among the finest primate sanctuaries in the world, with a comprehensive holistic wellness and medical care approach. Highly recommend.
I have worked here for 2 years. Only good things to say!
Jungle Friends is the place to be if you're a monkey. This amazing sanctuary provides all the love and care for monkeys retired from research, confiscated by authorities, or surrendered as pets. The carestaff is outstanding and gives so much love and attention. I highly recommend this sanctuary.
Before being hired I was warned that the director was "crazy". Every single employee is quick to express their dislike for the director. If you're a donor, obviously you're painted a different picture, however the truth is undeniable. The employees are overworked and under paid. Any amount of time worked over 40 hours becomes FREE LABOR because they will not pay you your regular 8.10 per hour let alone over time. You're FORCED to "volunteer" any hours you work past 40 per week. They offer no benefits for their full time employees, and are lucky to get a "thank you" for any extra duties you perform. The employee turn over rate is insane due to the fact that she treats everyone like mules until theyve had enough. The verbal abuse, and passive aggressive insults are sometimes almost too much to bear. I've literally seen interns quit, leaving with their bags in tears. The lack of unprofessionalism and disorganization is mind boggling. They offer ZERO training and wonder why no-one has a clue as to what's going on. It was comical to watch during Irma. Several monkeys got loose, and I witnessed 6 people standing around 1 squeeze cage. Not one person looked confident in whatever they were trying to do. As a former employee, there were no benefits in working for jungle friends other than the friendships I developed, because there are some amazing people that still work there. Its just a shame that the workers are completely taken for granted. One employee was told that "she and the rest of us were all disposable." Within the last few weeks, nearly half of the employees quit, and a few more just this last week. At this rate all of the main care givers will be gone and the monkeys will be the ones to suffer.
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