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Director: Kari Bagnall
Mission: Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, located on 12 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 100 New World monkeys and we have an ever-growing waiting list.
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.
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!
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: 3
Supported Species: Ateles belzebuth (long-haired spider monkey), Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus (Geoffroy's spider monkey), Callithrix jacchus (common marmoset), Cebus albifrons (white-fronted capuchin), Cebus apella (tufted capuchin), Cebus capucinus (white-faced capuchin), Cebus olivaceus (wedge-capped capuchin), 2 Saguinus midas (midas tamarin), Saguinus oedipus (cotton-top tamarin), Saimiri boliviensis (Bolivian squirrel monkey), Saimiri sciureus (common squirrel monkey)
Publications: Jungle News email posts monthly and printed newsletter annually or semiannually. Sign up at www.junglefriends.org
Comments: Visit the website www.junglefriends.org for more updated information.
Last Updated: 2009-05-23
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