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Review for Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary Inc, Gainesville, FL, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

This Terrible organization Keri doesn't know anything about monkeys. Jungle friends is a toxic organization Keri does not put your donation to good use she spends them on build a deck for her trailer and buying things like a a personal atv for herself and a Hot tub. She treats her staff like crap forcing them to work 7 days a week from 6:30am to 8pm with out a beak. She runs off interns and has even called the cops on interns for want to leave after being treated poorly. The monkey are feed weeks old leftovers that smell like death and there habitats are not cleaned for months. Sadly the monkey are better off back in the labs there far better places put your time and money in to.

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kari (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Jungle Friends just found this libelous comment and we are contacting our attorneys to find out who wrote these lies and sue them for libel.

kari (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

My name is Kari Bagnall, Founder and Executive Director of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary and unfortunately, we have been unable to find out who this person is who wrote the ridiculous statements about the sanctuary, nor can we get the comment removed, so I will address the negative comments individually. First of all I have been taking care of monkeys for over 20 years and am considered an "expert" in the field. I did not spend donations on building a deck on the single-wide trailer that I live in, the deck was built by Claude, one of our donors, volunteers and my fiancé. Claude built and paid for the deck because it is a perfect place to observe monkey socializations. The ATV is not mine, it belongs to a neighbor who used to ride it over here when he volunteered, however, we have since asked him not to drive it on the property, as it was too loud. Our staff does not work 7 days a week, nor do they work from 6:30 - 8 pm, have they ever? YES, anyone working with animals knows that if there is a problem, you take care of the animals first, we have had hurricanes, staff shortages, monkeys in need of 24-hour care, well, on and on, but if you ask our staff if they feel that they are not being treated appropriately, you will find that our staff are very happy, love their work and are not abused. You can call the sanctuary 386-462-7779 and ask to talk to one of the carestaff and ask them yourselves, or come on out and volunteer and ask them in person. We are very fortunate to have wonderful caregivers who are dedicated to the monkeys and the Jungle Friends philosophy. Calling the cops on interns, hmmm, that is a very strange statement, it didn't happen, so I cannot address that statement. If you question what the monkeys eat, please come to the sanctuary to volunteer at 6:30 am when we are preparing their breakfast and see for yourself what they eat. We purchase fresh produce every week that is served every day. We get food from the Krishna donated 3 times a week, it is very tasty vegetarian food. I can assure you that it is all fresh, healthy food. Every day, we serve fresh produce, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, nuts, fruit, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, lentils, beans and rice, and hot veggies in the wintertime. These bowls are collected about 4 hours after they have been served breakfast, the monkeys are also served monkey chow, seeds, nuts and other goodies throughout the day. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the sanctuary or email us