Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization that rescues monkeys from around the U.S. and provides a safe haven for them.


Contact: Kari Bagnall (Executive Director), (386) 462-7779, volunteer@junglefriends.org

Address: 13915 North State Rd, Gainesville, FL, 32653

Who they are: Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary rescues monkeys who have been confiscated by the authorities, retired from research programs, abused, or who have been pets before. 

What YOU can do to help: Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

Outreach programs: creating outreach programs, presenting outreach programs to groups

Caregiver: preparing diets, monitoring the well being of the monkeys, giving medications, washing toys, doing laundry, cleaning habitats, washing and cutting up produce

3 different shifts: 7-11, 11-3, 3-7

Housekeeping: Cleaning the Guest House, offices, Caregivers Quarters, and Volunteer Center

Secretarial: filing, answering phones, writing letters, screening calls, taking messages, proofreading data, making copies, preparing mailings

Computer: word processing and spreadsheet work, running reports

Painting: painting the monkey houses and various other buildings

Habitat builders: carpentry work, building fencing, etc.

Fundraising: planning events, tabling events, organizing monkey art exhibits, presentations, lectures, concerts, etc., writing press releases, creating and finding radio and TV stations to air events and Public Service Announcements, getting donations and sponsors for monkeys, obtaining media involvement

Landscape: mowing and weeding the grounds, mulching the paths and habitats, planting trees and shrubs, planting and maintaining the grounds and gardens

Electrician: Hooking up pre-wired storage shed to junction box, hooking up heat lamps, adding more breakers to boxes that are already there

Driver: picking up supplies at Alachua Feed; picking up produce at Winn Dixie on Mon, Wed, and Sat in the morning

Plumbing: PVC pipe cutting and gluing, repairing things

Tile Setter: installing tile on the floors of the monkey houses and various other buildings



How to Volunteer: If you would like to volunteer, please read and fill out the Volunteer Packet