Whether you have plans or not this summer, you must add monkeying around to your bucket list. One of the largest primate sanctuaries is located in Florida where rehabilitated, retired, and ex-pet monkeys live together; Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Florida is the best place to visit monkeys.
Recently the company opened their doors to the public through an exclusive Airbnb "lunch with monkeys" activity, allowing you the chance to see the facility and monkeys, while the money goes to help keep the sanctuary running.
The Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary has over 300 monkeys on site. The sanctuary has home for different species such as capuchins, marmosets, tamarins, squirrel and spider monkeys. The lunch experience includes a two hour guided tour given by Kari, the founder, Sara, Kari's assistant and Jennifer, a long-time Jungle Friend' volunteer.
The experience provides guest an up-close and personal experience with the monkeys where they will learn about their past and how they were rescued.
Bongo is one of the monkeys who reside in the sanctuary and was in iron toxicity studies for two decades. He suffered from paraplegia but with the care and love of the staff and another monkey friend, Bongo can walk again.
Jungle Friends' mission is to provide the best care and support to unwanted monkeys and primates. The sanctuary has become accredited by both the American Sanctuary Association and The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
After meeting the monkeys, guests will be served a vegan meal at the sanctuary. It is recommended that each participant brings insect repellant, sunscreen, rain jacket, closed-toe shoes, sunglasses, and your camera.
You can purchase your Airbnb experience here.
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
Location: Gainesville (address provided after booking)
Hours: By appointment
Why you need to go: This monkey sanctuary is the largest primate sanctuary in the United States.