Too much monkey business has left one sanctuary overcrowded. Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville is home to more than 120 monkeys that come from all over the U.S. They needed a home, and found one here in North Central Florida. Recently, they've had to turn away new climbers because of limited space.
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary was established in 1999 by Kari Bagnall. Four interns, six dogs, four birds, and 120 monkeys make up their far from ordinary bunch. But this monkey hotel is booked, leaving nowhere to go for those who need a home. Bagnall lives in the sanctuary in her mobile home, along with interns, who are from all over the world. Vicki Weston is a student from Bath, England and she is on her second go-around. She says "i liked it so much that now i'm back for six months." Another intern, Mimi Sanada, is known around the sanctuary as "Mama Mimi." She has become the sanctuary apprentice. Bagnall wishes she could take in all the monkeys that need a home, but they need space, and some have to be separated from others for safety's sake.
The sanctuary needs 250 thousand dollars to buy the property next door. If they can purchase the lot, they will be able to have twice as many monkeys.
Here's how you can help: Jungle Friends is competing in the Pepsi challenge, which awards great ideas with exactly 250 thousand dollars. To vote for helping the monkeys you can click on the "vote now" link at their website at junglefriends.org. Voting ends January 31st.
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