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"Is it possible for me to take in a primate? I would keep you informed with his/her progress! It has always been a dream!, Where can I buy a monkey. If I can't adopt it is ok, but a great home awaits!" .....

Kari Bagnall's response to inquiries about adopting exotic animals as pets
I have been on both sides of the proverbial fence, so to speak, and I can tell you from my years of experience with exotics of all kinds that they do not make good pets!

I am full to the brim with unwanted ex-pet monkeys, as is every other primate sanctuary in the country! We all receive calls every week with requests to take in more and more monkeys, all because people are buying exotic animals, a VERY BAD idea, to say the least! Click here and you will see what kinds of problems captivity offers these wild creatures of the rainforest. You should also know where these baby monkeys come from and also see the Monkey Trouble link on our site to show you further the many, many reasons these sentient beings should not be forced into living with our species in captivity. I am not so sure that captivity, as we know it, is that great for humans, much less for a wild animal!

The best thing you could do for a monkey would be to sponsor one of the Jungle Friends monkeys; you can sponsor a monkey for as little as $10 a month. Visit our Sponsor-A-Monkey page for information regarding the Sponsor-A-Monkey (SAM) Program or to volunteer your time at a primate sanctuary. If you are in our area, Gainesville, you could volunteer your time right here and help us with our 120 monkeys. Just click here to find out about our volunteer positions.

Since you are specifically interested in nonhuman primates (NHPs), job announcements and internships are frequently advertised at Primate Info Net. However, please be advised that though many sanctuaries and rescue projects post announcements on the Primate Info Net, many (if not most) of the announcements are related to primate vivisection (which is of course the antithesis of animal protection and conservation efforts).

I would also recommend that you submit a detailed letter of interest and your resume' to animal protection organizations which focus on NHPs and/or conservation. A thorough listing of animal related organizations (arranged by continent and then by specific location - e.g., U.S. states, can be viewed at World Animal. Be sure to sign up for our Jungle News email list. To view the types and frequency of information that will be sent to you, look on the home page of the Jungle Friends website and check our news archives for past posts.

Check out the articles, "The Phenomenon of Monkeys as Surrogate Children" and Loving Them To Death, which provide additional information about the possible consequences (and I contend that these consequences are not only possible, but likely) when human primates attempt to force domestication on simian primates.

Please do not buy a "pet" monkey and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if there's anything else I can do to help you help primates. I wish you great success which furthers animal protection work.

Kari and the monks

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Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
13915 N. State Road 121
Gainesville, FL 32653

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