Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary Receives Accreditation From Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

(Gainesville, FL) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, is pleased to announce that Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, a charter accredited sanctuary of GFAS and formerly accredited by The Association of Sanctuaries (TAOS), has received a new GFAS Accreditation as of April 10, 2014.

The accreditation signifies that Jungle Friends continues to meet GFAS’ rigorous and peer-reviewed standards, as confirmed by a site visit, for the definition of a true sanctuary and humane and responsible care of animals, as well as standards addressing safety and security, veterinary care, and areas of financial and other organizational sustainability. The accreditation status also provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors, and government agencies to recognize Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary as an outstanding sanctuary.

“Jungle Friends addresses a critical need for sanctuary care for New World primates in the United States,” said Jackie Bennett, Deputy Director-Great Apes and Regional Accreditation. “Each resident animal, whether elderly, handicapped or with other special needs, is given individualized care and attention. Jungle Friends also places a priority on plans to strengthen and grow its organization so that it can care for primates in years to come.”

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary provides permanent, high-quality sanctuary care for abused or unwanted New World primates from around the United States who have been cast-off from the pet trade, retired from research, or confiscated by authorities. Jungle Friends is also committed to advocacy and education on behalf of all captive non-human primates, and to providing assistance to improve the circumstances of captive primates wherever possible. It works cooperatively with a national network of other credible animal sanctuaries, government agencies, other primate and animal protection organizations, and qualified individuals to find placement for unwanted monkeys and to combat the exploitation and mistreatment of captive primates.

“It is our goal to ensure that each one of our monkeys is in the highest possible state of well-being, physically, emotionally and psychologically,” states Kari Bagnall, Executive Director and Founder of Jungle Friends. “They live in large habitats designed to promote normal behaviors and natural enrichment, enjoy the companionship of other monkeys, and receive loving and devoted attention from the care staff.”

About Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the Board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the ASPCA, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all Board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries.

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About Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located on 39 acres in Gainesville, Florida. While our immediate and urgent responsibility is to provide the best possible life for the monkeys we are able to house at our sanctuary, our mission is not only to assist these individual primates, but to also engage the interest and support of our national (and international) community in doing so. Every monkey successfully released from laboratory research, or rescued from a life of abuse or neglect as a “pet”, an “entertainer” or a breeder, becomes a part of our message that these beings are worthy of our efforts and must be included in our moral universe.

By taking action to assist individual non-human primates in need, and by reaching out to other human primates through our communications, presentations and the Internet, we attempt to encourage, inspire and, wherever possible, assist others in taking specific actions for the good of their fellow primates and for a more compassionate world.

For more information, please visit http://www.junglefriends.org.

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