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Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species

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.

Community Stories

141 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Aylia H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to visit, well kept and the monkeys are well cared for. Will be volunteering again soon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Karol L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Roy Malkin

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Allison Barker W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Kari B.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

susan schneider

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 !!

Amber C.3

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Kari B.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 SaraQSmith

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The carestaff are extremely dedicated to the monkeys and I'm impressed everyday by their commitment to their wellbeing.

1 Terry C.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Jennifer B.22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Lisa G.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Laura B A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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...

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is among the finest primate sanctuaries in the world, with a comprehensive holistic wellness and medical care approach. Highly recommend.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked here for 2 years. Only good things to say!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Adam V.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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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Donor

Rating: 4

My daughter worked at Jungle Friends and had a very positive experience there. They should be warmly supported!!!

2 ajmiller03

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Drew7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing non profit with such touching stories. The work you do as a volunteer - you feel the impact.

1 Cynthia98

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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kari 12/10/2013

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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kari 12/10/2013

Thank you Nick, your group was super and we look forward to having you back out next semester!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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 :)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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. "

Mary Anne

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every day I can volunteer at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is an incredible one, so I continue to be there as much as possible! It has been especially rewarding watching the newest monkeys gaining confidence in their new home, and making new monkey friends. It's amazing to me how the staff knows individual monkeys likes and dislikes--as food or monkey neighbors or even sleeping preferences (place, blankets or not, cuddled with another monkey or not)!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After retiring from 45 + years in healthcare, I had the fortune to land in Gainesville and find Jungle Friends. The intent of volunteering a few hours once a week quickly changed to much more and now--almost three years later-- my volunteering is more like a rewarding second career. Sometimes duties are in the office and sometimes it is outside in the monkey yard. Every day something new is learned--about the monkeys, their behavior, care and approaches or even about approaches with a phone caller unwisely determined to acquire a pet monkey, or listening to an anguished " owner" who has recognized the "pet" is a wild animal who deserves a different life.

There is no question that the monkeys and their safety, physical and psychological well-being is the first priority and consideration for any action or decision. Staff and interns are expected to recognize the monkeys by name and to know their typical eating and behavior patterns. This is essential so changes which may indicate a problem in a monkey are recognized and handled early. Diets are individualized for those with special needs--the diabetic, toothless, and elderly. Staff know the different dietary favorites which are used for additional treats. The habitats provide an environment where the monkeys can be as close to the natural as possible. The habitats have been built around trees where possible with additional plants being added for enrichment. Ropes, shade cloth hammocks, recycled child swings, and ladders and mats from old fire hose provide more places for climbing, swinging, and sunning. New monkeys quickly learn to get fresh water on demand for drinking and splashing. Monkey rain (misters) provide cool showers on hot days. With a unique runway system, monkeys are safely moved to other habitats--to change their scenery, neighbors, and to provide a stimulating new place for foraging, playing or napping. There are several monkeys with special needs who have had their habitats adapted so they can continue to be with monkey neighbors, and still climb, swing, and travel about safely. Indoor and outdoor habitats are cleaned on a regular basis. Yes, monkeys are messy, so raking and cleaning is done daily, and "deep cleaning" top to bottom is done on a scheduled routine for inside and outside. If you volunteer and progress to being able to help with cleaning indoors, you will learn the "Sanctuary Shuffle"--the final step in floor cleaning! With the outdoors you will learn that scrubbing the bark of a tree is a required part of getting the monkeys' home ready for them again!
It doesn't take long at all to recognize that all donations--time, supplies, recycled play stuff, or money goes directly to help the monkeys. These monkeys have been taken from their natural life in the jungle, or have been bred to be used in the pet trade or in labs. It wasn't their fault or their choice. The ones who have found a way to Jungle Friends have at least found a place where they will be cared for in a safe place for the rest of their lives. I will continue to support Jungle Friends in all ways I can and encourage others to visit the web site (www.junglefriends.org) to meet some of these special non-human (and even some human!) primates!

1 Shelly L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked with primates for over 40 years, and at many primate sanctuaries in this country, I can honestly say that in my opinion, Jungle Friends is the best. I currently have been at the sanctuary every day since My 23rd. I care for the diabetic and special needs monkeys. The staff is dedicated beyond measure. Please come out and volunteer and make life better for all these wonderful primates!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot believe I just read a comment that was so far off the truth, it is no funny. In fact, it is slanderous. I have been a part of Jungle Friends for over 10 years when I brought my own monkey there in 2003. May, 2013, Kari (not Keri) called me because my monkey was sick. I bought a one way ticket and have been there every day since. I have worked with many sanctuaries and Jungle Friends is the best I have ever encountered. The huge, natural habitats are well maintained, and the diets the primates receive are well balanced and fresh. Every primate has 2 bowls, one for biscuits and one for diet. Kari and the staff are very attentive to each and every animal and many lives have been saved because injuries and illness do not go unnoticed. Kari did not take a salary for many years and even now, puts most of her money back into the sanctuary. I have always felt comfortable asking friends and family to donate to this sanctuary because I know, first hand, that the money goes directly to caring for these incredible animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a caregiver at Jungle Friends for a little over a year, and from the day I started here I've been blown away by how much everybody cares about the monkeys. Everybody here is concerned about the monkeys' well-being over all else, and the dedication I've seen from my co-workers and our incredible volunteers has been nothing short of inspiring. I'd strongly suggest Jungle Friends for anybody looking for a unique and rewarding volunteer experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

While I've only been at Jungle Friends for a few months, I've been absolutely blown away by the compassion and dedication of every person there. This sanctuary is truly about providing these monkeys with the best care possible, and every single person there is more than willing to go above and beyond to make sure that happens. It's surreal to watch all these happy monkeys exploring their habitats, knowing just how much some of these poor animals have been through in life. Jungle Friends is an incredible place and I'm very proud to be a part of it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can say with absolute certainty that Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is a wonderful place! The staff and volunteers are all loving, dedicated individuals who always put the needs of the monkeys before their own. The monkeys receive attentive care and fresh, vegetarian diets. Jungle Friends is a safe and caring place for both the monkeys who call it home, and the humans who wish it was. I encourage everyone to come and volunteer to see first hand the difference that Jungle Friends is making!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with non-profits for over 13 years and have the amazing opportunity to work at Jungle Friends as the Office Manager. This is one of the best-run non-profits with the most dedicated staff I have ever seen. Even though I work in the office I get plenty of 'monkey time' and get to see how happy, well-fed and healthy all of the monkeys are.

Kari is an amazing woman and an inspiration to everyone around her; she works tirelessly and is the most hands-on boss I have encountered. She is out with the monkeys from sun up to sun down (and sometimes later), ensuring that they have the best quality of life possible.

I love Jungle Friends and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in volunteering or getting involved with primates!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I just want everyone to know what a wonderful sanctuary this is!! If you have a free day please come by and witness first hand the dedication and love for these monkeys. If you are anything like me, you will leave with the feeling of accomplishment from helping out and have a whole new respect for staff/volunteers/interns for all of the hard work and care that they give the monkeys. Everyday is new adventure at Jungle Friends and seeing the monkeys thrive will surely put a smile on everyone's face. Being a helping part of it all is just an added bonus that everyone should experience for themselves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of witnessing what Jungle Friends has to offer for the monkeys firsthand. And let me just say - it is IMPRESSIVE!! I have a Marmoset Monkey that I rescued 8 years ago that now has a wonderful monkey life at Jungle Friends with other monkey like herself, I volunteer and help out in the Monkey Yard whenever I have a free moment, I sponsor monkeys, I work in the office keeping their finances in order and I recently joined their Board of Directors. I totally 100% believe in this non-profit organization that puts the monkeys needs first and foremost before anything else. Kari has dedicated her life to making sure every monkey that crosses her path has the best life possible. Anyone who doubts Jungle Friends beliefs or care for these monkeys need only come out and volunteer and they too will see firsthand what an amazing place this is. There are not many places where you can see a monkey living in a naturalist live habitat swinging and climbing in trees, chasing live bugs and just living life to the fullest. No concrete floors or concrete walls, instead they have grass, trees and bugs. Not to mention they are fed like kings and queens with all fresh fruits and veggies and species appropriate monkey biscuits. Jungle Friends is one of a kind sanctuary and the dedication and compassion for the animals here is what it is all about!!