There are a few sanctuaries that I love as much as jungle friends. I have been there many times and always look forward to the next. When I first visited there I kept an eagle eye out for any wavering or suspect care for the animals. As one of the directors of the highest rated farm animal sanctuary‘s in the world, I can say that my eye and my feelings are quite keen pointing out anything that would be out of alignment for the best care for the animals. I actually look for these things because there’s so many sanctuaries that are just zoos in disguise. I have only experienced stellar care, stellar staff, stellar ownership. I truly love the sanctuary and look forward to the next time I can volunteer.
Jungle Friends is committed to the very best in care for the primates that have been owned by a person or forgotten after being used to experiment on. It is a sanctuary that truly cares about the remaining years for these wonderful creatures. Thank you for giving your time, energy and love to care for them.
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary provides permanent homes for monkey who are native to central and south America. The monkeys have large habitats and vegetation to climb on and eat. They can catch bugs and birds plus they get a healthy diet served to them daily.
Volunteer at Jungle Friends to meet the monkeys and see for yourself what a wonderful place this is.
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.
I did a two months internship at JungleFriends in 2012. I became responsible for the small monkeys of Munchkinland (45 at the time). Since then, I have been volunteering regularly.
Being French and spending some time in France every year, two of my French animal rights activists friends became enthused to come also as interns at JungleFriends. More want to come and help the monkeys.
We now have over 200 monkeys of different species and sizes. I was impressed by JungleFriends caregivers dedication, hard work and efficiency. Everything is done for the monkeys' physical and psychological well being. A clinic and appropriate diets according to their health condition, always fresh fruit and vegetables, regular cleaning of their habitat (heating in cold days and nights), placing them together in enclosures according to friendship, toys, ladders and trees to climb, everything is done to give them the maximum of happiness after the terrible suffering or neglect they went through before being brought to JungleFriends. All my admiration and friendship for Kari Bagnall who founded the sanctuary 25 years ago.
Who doesn't love monkeys? This sanctuary is fabulous! My whole family has volunteered here and learned so much. Monkeys are fascinating creatures but should never be pets. Kari, the director is one of the warmest, most caring people I have met. Her dedication to the monkeys is exemplary. Volunteering as much as we have, we have witnessed her giving some employees more second chances than they deserved. I personally found one sleeping on the floor in a storage room instead of working and others on their phone constantly or not showing up at all. But she has a trusting and forgiving heart and has paid a price for it. But her passion to be a steward for the monkeys endures and we are so thankful for Kari and the sanctuary giving these beautiful primates a chance for a better life.
I would like to start by saying "Thank you, to Kari Bagnall". Kari has given me an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than I could have ever dreamed of as well as knowing that I am able to help provide safety for so many monkeys. Jungle Friends is truly a sanctuary for hundreds of monkeys that are no longer able to be out in the wild where they should have been in the first place. Jungle Friends offers monkeys the ability to form relationships with other monkeys so that they may live the rest of their lives amongst other primates and not just humans. As much as I know each monkey at the sanctuary would prefer to be in the wild and not stuck in a cage. The enclosures at Jungle Friends offer not only a safe space inside with heated and air conditioning but with blankets to curl up in, as well as toys to enjoy. The monkeys' outdoor enclosures offer the next best thing to being in the jungle. They have a ton of room to play and enjoy the fresh air, branches to climb, baskets to swing and play in, hammocks to relax in. As each and every one of us is well aware "Monkeys should be in the wild and not in cages", but due to humanity and its cruelty, I tip my hat to Kari Bagnall for dedicating all of her time as well as her life to making sure these beautiful animals will be able to live out the remainder of their lives in the best possible way.
Jungle Friends rescues monkeys from situations where they live indoors with no daylight or trees to play in. The monkeys are provided forever home with sunlight, trees, yummy food, and they get to sleep under the stars everynight if they choose. The tour experience educates people of the struggles these animals have had but in a positive light with a happy ending of friendship with other monkeys. Amazing place!
Jungle Friends has always been about the monkeys, and giving them a forever home as near wild as possible. We started volunteering, became sponsors in 2003, and made every effort to volunteer when we were close to do whatever we could. It is heartwarming to see that so many wonderful people have been a part of the mission to provide for these little creatures over the years; hat's off to those providing their time and money so selflessly. It's nice that there are still people who truly care about animals, and not themselves. Many volunteers, and donors have been supporting Jungle Friends from the beginning, more than 25 years! After what humans have done to these monkeys, consciously, or unconsciously, who knows what would have become of the them If it were not for Jungle Friends, and Kari. It takes a very special person to be so dedicated as to promise to always look after them. The monkeys are very fortunate to have such a guardian in Kari. Hopefully some will be able to carry on with as much dedication, and make the same promise.
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.
I worked at Jungle Friends for a year or so back in 2017 and what I can tell you is that my heart breaks every day knowing I had my dream job and was forced out due to needing to have a stable enough income to pay my rent, as well as the need to put my mental health first. From day one the ED made it very clear that the work is hard, and she’s not wrong, however it’s not hard because physical labor is hard (although it is, but I do it gladly for my babies, even in unprecedented heat and natural disasters- peep me in some Irma pics - where I stayed on property working through the night at 0 extra pay and instead was screamed at for sleeping through a walkie- talkie call to run around in the actual storm at 1 am because she failed to bring in monkeys we had asked to bring in earlier and now was worried they’d get loose with the debris causing damage.) She tells you it’s hard to work there because she is CONSTANTLY doing her absolute best to BREAK you. She has openly admitted it to myself, one of her passions is to see how long it takes a new and eager to help employee to cry. She is a constant harassment in what could really be one of the most tranquil and amazing places. I will say the sanctuary she made is AMAZING and could still be, but she cannot and will not accept what anybody who builds an organization should, that it could possibly not only operate without her, but thrive and improve without her with the constant new technology and information. It’s horrendously sad she’d rather run at a skeleton crew with these poor babies LIVES at risk instead of work on her HORRENDOUS treatment of staff and allow proper personnel to follow proper procedure to make sure those poor souls get the gold standard of care they were promised. Instead, threatened, she runs anybody competent out leaving very few to just keep up with cleaning and have someone to barrage about cleaning habitats. She even goes so far to BAN ex employees from the property for petty reasons ie you stood up to her once, or after MULTIPLE times of her firing you for ridiculous things such as being 5 minutes late to being 15 minutes early (at 5 am in the DARK) or leaving and potentially eating a non vegan lunch off property, or GHASP bringing CHEESE?! Onto the property to eat. She’d even go so far as to go through personal residence’s on property to dispose of any foods she felt should not be there. K Bagpipes (ED) is the most disappointing and tyrannical activist I’ve ever had the misfortune of associating with. I have worked at and with numerous sanctuaries and a few others that have also had some form of founders syndrom (which I believe she has in my unprofessional opinion) and never had I had my psycee attacked and received even ¼ of the emotional abuse as when I was party to her supervision. I wish she could see how she’s tarnishing her own beautiful sanctuary when frankly she’s just too old to be this way, she should be setting it up for the next as there are many of these guys that SHOULD outlive her, instead she cannot release even an iota of control or self help to best allow for this sanctuary’s success and it breaks my heart.
Kari Bagnall Great Nonprofits 03/11/2022
Aylla is a disgruntled ex-employee who could not follow safety procedures, our protocols, or support our mission. Jungle Friends is a vegan organization, which she simply could not grasp. We ask for the respect of ALL animals at Jungle Friends.
The tour at Jungle Friends is educational and the monkeys are amazing. The passion the founder has for taking care of these monkeys shows. I highly recommend this sanctaury.
Great place to visit, well kept and the monkeys are well cared for. Will be volunteering again soon.
I have volunteered here since 2001 and it is extremely rewarding to work with such a caring, appreciative crew. The priority is always the health and well-being of every monkey. Helping out here has changed me in ways I never expected, developing my sense of empathy for creatures once used for research or as ill-advised pets. They now have a place as close as possible to being in the wild, spacious expanses of earth filled with grass, bamboo and plenty of climbing branches.
Jungle Friends is such an amazing place for primates that can't go back into the wild. Kari and her staff and volunteers care for these wonderful beings with so much love and respect. The enclosures are all natural environments, as is the entire sanctuary. You won't find concrete or anything that remotely resembles a zoo or place where animals are on display fo the public. They have a lot of special needs primates that get everything to keep them healthy and happy. It's truly a place that is the next best thing to being wild. In addition to all the care, they work to educate and help people understand that these are wild animals that don't belong in our homes, so that someday, sanctuaries like these will no longer be needed. I have a lot of respect for what they do there. It's definitely a labor of love.
We just returned home from our visit to Jungle Friends Sanctuary.
What an unbelievable two day experience. From the minute we arrived, Kari and her outstanding team made us feel like an important part of their awesome quest to provide fine homes for those primates, who have been used, abused, tortured, and then forgotten.
That's until Kari steps in and changes everything so that they can begin to live a healthy, fun filled life.
We were able to assist with meal prep and feeding. It was amazing to see an operation that feeds 250+ primates two to three times a day. The care was taken with each vegetable and fruit was simply amazing. Their quality control was actually better than some of today's healthcare facilities.
Sue and I can't wait to return. I was so impressed that my daughter's upcoming Christmas Present will be two plane tickets
to Gainsville and a few days working at the Santuary. I know that she will think that it is the greatest gift that she has received.
Hopefully, everyone who reads the above will make it a point to visit, and/or help in anyway possible to continue the Mission that Kari pursues day in and day out.
I would consider this sanctuary second best place for a monkey to live out the rest of its life with other monkey friends, next to in the wild of course. Kari has devoted her life to the health and happiness of all the primates at her sanctuary and it’s clear that she cares deeply about each and every one of them.
I have been volunteering at Jungle Friends for 20+ years. The dedication and passion the founder has for rescuing and caring for these animals is beyond compare. Jungle Friends rescues monkeys from situations where they live indoors with no daylight or trees to play in. She provides them a forever home with sunlight, trees, yummy food, and they get to sleep under the stars everynight if they choose. The tour experience educates people of the struggles these animals have had but in a positive light with a happy ending of friendship with other monkeys. Amazing place!
Jungle friends is a great place to visit with the family. The monkeys are well cared for and this facility is super clean. All the employees truly care for the furry residents. The director Kari has a deep passion for what she does and it shows. Support Jungle Friends so they can keep up their high standards of care.
I have volunteered at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary three weekends in October 2021. I chopped veggies and learned about their diets and behaviors as well as how they care for the diabetic monkeys. We stayed overnight in our RV after traveling from our home in South Carolina. I also took the tour one evening and learned so much about these monkeys. Kari, Andrew, the staff and volunteers are doing excellent work with these monkeys. They know all 250+ Of them by name and you can see the love and passion they have for these adorable primates. I would highly recommend that you consider volunteering or taking the tour. It has made me so much aware of the work of a sanctuary that cares and loves the monkeys they have been entrusted. I plan to continue volunteering whenever I am in Gainesville.
What an exceptional experience to get up and close to such a worthy cause. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and help with various aspects of caring for monkeys. We have chopped vegetables, done dishes and helped on projects to keep the monkeys fed and happy. And happy they are with Kari and Andrew's love for them, theses primates finally get the security and safety they deserve after some harrowing stories of their past. We truly feel fulfilled after a day of volunteering and highly recommend this outstanding non profit.
Kari and Andrew are doing wonderful work and were awesome hosts! We stayed one night in our RV in a nice, quiet shady spot with electricity. The four of us took the tour, which was so educational, entertaining and heartwarming. So many interesting stories and unique personalities! We had to get back on the road by noon the next day, but really enjoyed lending a hand in the morning prepping fruits and veggies for the monkeys. We truly appreciate all of the tireless, daily dedication and compassion it takes for their team and volunteers to provide such a special sanctuary for such sweet friends. Will visit again!
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is home to over 250 new world monkeys, all of the monkeys are happy and healthy and enjoying the good life after being rescued from horrific situation, former pets or released from research laboratories.
Jungle friends primate sanctuary is a great place to visit and donate to. The monkeys live out their lives in natural habitats and are cared for by a dedicated staff. Check out their websites and see what they are all about. Facebook has many video that are available to see the monkeys at play.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Kari Bagnall Great Nonprofits 03/11/2022
Adam is a disgruntled employee who was only here for a few months, and was at work under the influence, was caught stealing and I believe he is back in jail now. We now do mandatory background checks and random drug testing! We now have an amazing staff and wonderful volunteers at Jungle Friends, the benefits of working at Jungle Friends is the monkeys. Of course, we do pay overtime and no one is forced to volunteer, however, we do have volunteers who have been here for many years!
Review from Guidestar
My daughter worked at Jungle Friends and had a very positive experience there. They should be warmly supported!!!
I started volunteering at Jungle Friends in November 2014. From the moment I walked through the gates, I knew that Jungle Friends was a very special place. I was impressed by the quality of care and the all encompassing attitude of "monkeys come first" that Kari and her team displayed. When I left that first day, I recognized two things: 1.) that Jungle Friends, outside of their natural habitat, was the BEST place any monkey could every wish to live out their life; and 2.) that I was going to do everything in my power to help this organization carry out their mission of saving lives and promoting compassion. I encourage everyone to visit www.JungleFriends.org to learn all about this amazing organization and to support them in any way you can. Together we can make a difference in the lives of New World primates!!
An amazing non profit with such touching stories. The work you do as a volunteer - you feel the impact.
Such authentic work with these essentially abandoned sentient creatures. I've had enjoyed my visits. It's a wonderful place that deserves so much recognition and support!
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is a labor of love! Everyone I have come in contact with, on the occasions I have been to visit, draw, and paint the monkeys, genuinely cares for these primates! I have come on the spur of the moment at times and I have come after having given plenty of advance notice. Everything was exactly the same in either case: wonderful! Monkeys used in laboratories from various locations spend their golden years in a habitat hundreds of times larger than the tiny cages they spent their entire lives up to their introduction into the primate sanctuaries. Former pets and former performance monkeys also are part of the monkey community there. All are treated for any ailments, fed well, and given attention as needed. It is truly a joy to see the happy primates living nearly as they would had they not been removed from nature. Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary has inspired me so much that I now volunteer by painting their primates to help raise funds. If I could do more to help I would!
Kari and her staff run the best primate sanctuary in the world! The monkeys eat the healthiest food, have the most spacious and beautifully enriched habitats. My volunteer time here has been some of the most joyful periods in my life. The food is 100% vegetarian and mostly vegan in support of all living beings! Kari manifests miracles for primates here!
I have been a proud sponsor of several Jungle Friends monkeys for many years. I am welcome to visit the sanctuary to see where my donations go and I also get to help prepare breakfast and clean lots of monkey poop! The director is one of the most amazing women I have ever met and she attracts amazing people to the sanctuary. I have never seen so many dedicated, and compassionate people in one place! If you are looking for a good charity who will use your money wisely and prudently, this is the place! If you are looking for an incredible place to volunteer, Jungle Friends is your best bet!
My sister brought her monkey here 13 years ago very ill with diabetes..she stayed for a few months to make sure her baby was comfortable and happy there...she has always received the upmost care and has been thriving for years...I had the pleasure of visiting myself a few years ago and couldn't believe all that goes on in a days work!! The love and care the workers give each and every animal is amazing to me..my sister has since moved there since she loved the sanctuary so much and works there everyday..i can not wait to go back and visit...I only wish I lived close by I would be more than proud to volunteer there myself..but I can only donate once in a while to show my respect for them and their hard work...Christmas is coming and I will be sending bags of nuts..they are truly doing Gods work and anyone who has a problem with that should search their soul before mouthing off negativity....the people that I know who work there give from their SOUL everyday to give these animals the dignity and love they deserve and were deprived of for many years.....God bless the workers there!!!
For quite awhile now I have been a donor for Jungle Friends, and finally had a chance to volunteer last week. I knew whatever jobs I would be asked to do would be something to help the monkeys. what a great experience! I was amazed at what the monkeys eat, some fresh fruits and veges and monkey soup (more fruit and veg) and then biscuits. Some have diabetes ad they get special diets and also get their food 3 times a day. Monkeys are messy!! There is a lot of cleaning needed--every day. The staff are amazing, not just friendly and wiling to answer questions, but their care for the monkeys is so obvious! I'm looking forward to a chance to get back again soon.
I volunteer when I am in Gainesville visiting some regular volunteers. I love helping at Jungle Friends. The monkeys know the longtime volunteers and it is so funny to hear them scream greetings when my friends arrive. The staff and interns are very busy with a zillion things and volunteers are needed to help them. Time flies when you volunteer here because there is so much to do.
I volunteered with a group from UF last month and we all have a wonderful experience and plan to come back again. What we were most impressed with were how knowledgeable the staff and interns were. The Director even met with us explaining some of the future projects that were in the works at the sanctuary.Everyone was very patient with us, answering all of our questions thoroughly, we all left with a new appreciation for monkeys and all the hard work that goes into caring for them. If you are looking for a rewarding experience, you will find it at Jungle Friends!
My group volunteered for Jungle Friends about three weeks ago and really enjoyed it! The staff was kind and engaging and seemed to have a real passion for the monkeys! The monkeys are very well taken care of; each shares a spacious enclosure with a couple other monkeys and is given toys, hammocks, and a variety of shelters and branches to swing from. The staff explained that the monkeys are paired based on positive relationships formed with other monkeys, so each has a friend. The happiness and comfortability, in addition to the monkeys' health and well-being, are important to the staff here. They seem dedicated in making this a "sanctuary" for the monkeys, and I feel as though they have greatly succeeded!
Thank you so much, we run on Volunteer Power here at Jungle Friends, so we are so glad you had a great experience! And wow, you sure learned a lot during your visit, I must compliment our staff on how well they convey the message about the monkeys to you and your group
Our group had a great experience at Jungle Friends. We went as part of a service club trip which I led. I had tried contacting a number of animal rescue/sanctuaries around Gainesville, but Jungle Friends was definitely the most responsive. After the trip, everyone wanted to come back again, so we will be coming back in the next few months. Overall, definitely a very rewarding and interesting experience.
Thank you Nick, your group was super and we look forward to having you back out next semester!
I placed my monkey at Jungle Friends in 2003, stayed with her for 10 weeks and have visited her often over the years. I moved to Gainesville in 2013 and have been at the sanctuary every day since. Please come out and witness firsthand what incredible care these lucky primates receive every day of the lives. It takes a whole lot of caring people to run such a great sanctuary, please come out and make a difference.
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
I have been volunteering at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary for some time now, and I also donate as much as I can to help the monkeys. This is a wonderful organization run by some of the most dedicated and compassionate individuals I have ever met! The monkeys are well taken care of and the staff are always friendly. Whenever I volunteer I feel appreciated, have a lot of fun, and learn something new every time. The staff are very knowledgeable about primates and are always there to explain primate behavior and answer any questions I may have. There is no feeling in the world that compares to the way you feel after you have been at Jungle Friends!
I placed my pet monkey in the care of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary many years ago. I donated toward a new habitat for my monkey and even helped their staff and volunteers build the habitat for my precious little girl. I also contribute monthly for her care, because I know that the sanctuary survives only on private donations. I visit the sanctuary frequently and volunteer my time to help the sanctuary and see my monkey thrive with her new monkey friends in the compassionate care of the Jungle Friends Family! Jungle Friends saved my monkey's life (she is diabetic) and my sanity! I thank God every day for Kari, the founder, and her dedicated staff, interns and loyal volunteers.
I want to start out by saying Ive given a lot of time and as much money as I can afford to many different non profits throughout the country and am pleased to say that Jungle Friends is deserving of both. I have been volunteering and donating to this organization for some time now and love every second I'm able to spend there. I am extremely Impressed with the dedication of the entire staff and that of the volunteers that give so much of their time for these amazing beings. It saddens me that we even need places like this but am happy that Jungle Friends provides such exceptional care for the monkeys that call Jungle Friends home. I am very proud to know all at Jungle Friends and I would suggest to anyone looking to donate to an amazing non profit to look into Jungle Friends. Every cent is spent on the animals. I feel proud supporting an organization like Jungle Friends and will continue to do so for a long time to come :)
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.
Jungle Friends is a rewarding place to volunteer. The monkeys needs come first at this place. They have the best life possible for captive monkeys. One of the staff told me that one of the monkeys got ahold of someone's keys and the monkey ran over to a lock. That is so heartbreaking that the monkeys know they are under lock and key and want out. But, such is the fate of a captive monkey. The habitats at Jungle Friends are large and there is lots of things to do, and play with. While you work here you get to see monkeys playing with each other. What an amazing place!
My priority for available time is to be at Jungle Friends as much as possible! It is hard to describe how rewarding it is, just knowing you're helping make life a bit better for these monkeys. The luckiest monkeys are the ones who are in the wild where they belong. For the unfortunate ones not in their natural home, Jungle Friends is absolutely the best alternative. It is not just the food, shelter, and monkey companionship that makes a difference, it is also the care, compassion and respect each of them is given by their human caregivers.
Been volunteering at Jungle Friends for a while now, not only are all in their care taken care of exceptionally well the staff are truly dedicated in what they are doing. Thank You Jungle Friends
As someone that's dedicated a lot of time at sanctuaries I can say it's one of the very best I've come across :)
I have been volunteering for Jungle Friends for many years and every time I volunteer, I have a wonderful experience! The monkeys are great of course, but I have never met a more caring staff...I even received a personal thank you card from the Founder! The more time I spend at the sanctuary, the more I see how truly committed these awesome people are. I highly recommend volunteering for this amazing organization. Jungle Friends will change your life!
The monkeys who live at Jungle Friends are lucky to have a wonderful place to live out their lives. I have been volunteering there for about 10 years. It is rewarding to repair things and help the people who help the monkeys. The sanctuary is well run and there are a number of long term volunteers.
I have volunteered at Jungle Friends for over 6 years now. Currently I help care for the special needs and singlely housed monkeys and am there 3-4 times and about 8-10 hours per week. I would volunteer more, but I work full-time. I have been rewarded far beyond my expectations or the hours I have volunteered or the money I have donated. The sanctuary provides the best life possible for the monkeys there and all employees and volunteers have their best interest at heart. Volunteering here may not be for everyone - the work is often physical and not glamorous. But I know I always leave there feeling better than when I arrived, knowing that, in some small way, I made a contribution to the lives of the monkeys who call Jungle Friends their "home. "