The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary has been serving the Tampa Bay area for many years. As a child (now 73), our family would visit my grandmother who lived in Ozona and we would pass this center every week. As we went by, we would say, "that's where the monkey's live". We (us children) go so excited each time we would pass.
My family knew some of the owners' family and knew the primates received the best of care. The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary is a huge asset to our communty.
It has been quite a while since I have "passed by" and will plan to make a Sunday visit to the sanctuary once more to bring back old memories.
My name is Robert Kettler a few years back me and my significant other Rhonda Kurtz found out one of our two monkeys ( Joey ) was sold to us without the proper state permits in which caused him to be taken by the state of Kentucky from us in which they planned on having him put down within 48 hrs.
We emailed over 100 Sanctuary's and Zoos and explained our situation the ONLY one to contact us back was The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary and Debbie Cobb and the staff of the sanctuary cared enough for Debbie to drive to our home and in Kentucky from Fla so he could be turned over to Debbie Cobb so he could live at the Sanctuary where is is loved and cared for by a Wonderful group of Volunteers.
We also ended up turning our little girl over to the Sanctuary also we then moved to Fla to be close to our boy and girl . The Sanctuary bent over backwards to keep us informed of how they were doing and letting us spend time with them after a year and a half until we could get them back we took them and moved with both of them to Indiana we did end up taking the boy back to the Sanctuary he picked up a couple bad habits so we did what was best for him and took him back where he was happy even though we did not want to lose him again but we know he is cared for and loved as well as the many many more primates and animals that call the Sanctuary home are.
I did get to Volunteer at the Sanctuary and never saw one thing that would make me hesitate on leaving someone I love very much to Happily live out the rest of his life Debbie Cobb and the sanctuary are my Hero's they stepped up and showed me there is someone who cares about something but them selves which in this world we live in is few and far between even to this day we are very much part of Joeys life Thanks to the Sanctuary and Debbie Cobb keeping us informed and updated with an occasional photo sent to us or a phone call.
If you are considering visiting please do you will not be disappointment the place is wonderful and the staff friendly and eager to answer questions,
If you are considering a tax deductible donation PLEASE do the are a non profit and I am sure could use your help especially at this time when the area had a hurricane come thru a few weeks ago. in my opinion 5 star all the way
I was a volunteer, about two years ago (small primate caregiver), and am back again now, 2014. It is a great place to volunteer if you love animals, especially monkeys. The volunteers work as a team, or even a family. Many have been here 10 or more years. The sanctuary offers a great home for primates that could either not be taken care of anymore by their owners, or were part of a research department of a university. The sanctuary is the better option of living out a full life, rather than the alternative, euthenizing, which the research organizations can legally do. We, as volunteers love to provide a safe and caring place for our monkey family.