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Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary (Established 1997)
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Director: Kari Bagnall
Phone: 386-462-7779 or 386-418-0808   Fax: 386-418-0808   E-Mail:
13915 N. State Road 121, Gainesville, Florida 32653 UNITED STATES

Mission: Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, located on 40 acres in Gainesville, Florida. Jungle Friends is accredited by the American Sanctuary Association and The Association of Sanctuaries. We rescue and offer a permanent, safe haven for monkeys from around the United States who have been abused, confiscated by authorities, retired from research, or who are ex-pets. At this time, Jungle Friends is the sanctuary home for over 300 New World monkeys and we have an ever-growing waiting list.

Jungle Friends works toward creating a better life for the unfortunate primates who find themselves hapless victims in a captive situation. We work in unison and cooperatively with other credible animal sanctuaries, primate associations and animal protection organizations.

Clientele: Jungle Friends takes in monkeys from throughout the United States.

Principal Research Programs: Our program is designed to rehabilitate and socialize primates with their own species. The primates in our care are successfully interacting with members of their own kind, many of which were once species isolated, neglected or abused.

We are dedicated to animal rights issues and advocacy for primate protection. Our outreach program offers a compelling ‘Born to be Wild’ PowerPoint Presentation. We speak to our audiences on the plight of primates in captivity and teach them to understand that wild/exotic animals are not meant to be kept as ‘pets’, but we should rather “Keep them in our hearts, not in our homes”.

Training Opportunities: JUNGLE FRIENDS INTERN PROGRAM: 8-week to one-year programs available that could work into a permanent paid position. Intern Job Description: Your work will include general husbandry: cleaning, feeding and enrichment. It will also include building and repairing habitats, general grounds maintenance and record keeping. The work is labor intensive, summer days are very hot and humid and temperatures can drop to the 20’s in the winter. The hours are long, usually sun-up to sundown. In the summer this can mean 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The work is difficult and can be stressful, but the rewards are great!

Qualifications: We are looking for very special people. You must be friendly and have good communication skills, work well with others and have the ability to lead others as well as follow. You must be even-tempered and down to earth. Your own transportation is not required, but is recommended. We ask that you come to Jungle Friends for a one-week trial period to evaluate your suitability for this position. If this is not possible, an exception can only be arranged through Kari Bagnall, our Executive Director. You must be in a position to make at least a 8-week commitment to Jungle Friends. Our internships are from 8 weeks to one year. Preference is given to applicants available for longer internships. Due to insurance and health considerations, we are unable to consider applicants who smoke.

Intern Accommodations: There is a fee of $50 per week of internship, to be paid in full upon arrival. For longer internships, the fee drops to $25 a week after 4 months. Scholarships may be available in cases of hardship.

Room and board are provided at the sanctuary. This is a vegetarian organization. No meat is allowed to be consumed, cooked or stored on Jungle Friends premises. You will participate in meal preparation and clean-up for vegan communal meals, and are expected to keep your own quarters clean and neat. There is currently no stipend available for interns.

Financial Aid: The intern fee may be waived in case of hardship for an exceptional candidate, considered on a case-by-case basis.

Number of Staff: 21

Publications: Jungle News email posts monthly and printed newsletter annually or semiannually. Sign up at

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Last Updated: 2017-09-29

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