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Mission and Objectives: 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. We work 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.
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.