Monkey Jungle Irma Relief Fund
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300+ monkeys in Southern Florida need your help! Their home, the Monkey Jungle , a primate-focused wildlife park and science/education center in Florida was hit hard by Hurricane Irma.
Located 27 miles south of downtown Miami, the Monkey Jungle is a 30-acre reserve that is home to over 300 monkeys and the DuMond Conservancy , the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit science, conservation and education affiliate of the Monkey Jungle.
25 Years ago, Hurricane Andrew left devastating effects to both the Monkey Jungle and the DuMond Conservancy. After the storm, the Monkey Jungle needed help with removing countless fallen trees, clearing 30-acres of debris and restoring the fences, enclosures and roofs. Back in 1992, volunteers were essential to the amazing recovery that has helped Monkey Jungle restore its historic and cultural presence in the South Florida Community. Today, we are again turning to volunteers to help our small, local, Miami business get back on its feet.
Prior to the storm, we were working on the ground to maximize resources by attempting to arrange restoration efforts to aid with clearing debris, restoring our infrastructure, and delivering power and water to the property.
Today, we are looking to YOU to help us fund this restoration work. Gifts to this Hurricane Irma relief campaign will be used to rebuild the critical infrastructure at the Monkey Jungle which provides safety and welfare for the park’s inhabitants and supports the unique programs at the DuMond Conservancy.
Thank you for your help and support.
The Monkey Jungle Staff
Image courtesy of the Monkey Jungle in Miami, Florida. Before/After Hurricane Andrew, 1992
In 1933, Joseph DuMond, an inquisitive animal behaviorist, arrived in South Florida and released six Java monkeys into the wilds of a dense subtropical forest.
Today, the descendants of the Java monkeys number to nearly one hundred and DuMond’s own descendants continue to provide them with a safe environment at the Money Jungle. Accompaning the Java macaques are about 30 other primate species.
Now in its third generation of family ownership, the Monkey Jungle remains one of the truly timeless attractions in South Florida. Visitors of all ages continue to enjoy an intimate immersive experience that creates a lifetime of memories.
The Monkey Jungle is one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the United States and the only one that the general public can explore.
A mother and baby squirrel monkey.
King, our Western Lowland Gorrilla.
Mei, our orangutan.
Our java macaques by the pool.
But before that happens, we have a LOT of rebuilding to do. The Miami Herald said it best in their recent article ( http://hrld.us/2h0I4rm) featuring the Monkey Jungle: “in an effort to kick start the extensive restoration process, Monkey Jungle is looking for help finding contractors who are able to come rebuild the park— both for pay and as volunteers.”
If you or someone you know is a contractor, please know that this next week WE NEED IMMIDIANT HELP with:
• breaking down and removing giant fallen trees,
• removing large branches,
• fixing damaged tin and corrugated metal roofs and
• repairing/installing chain link fences.
We are particularly in need of professional contractors who can (over the next week) volunteer their time and services, but we would appreciate any and all leads! If you are a contractor and would like to get in contact with us about being part of the relief efforts at the Monkey Jungle (either as a volunteer of for pay), please fill out the following survey: https://goo.gl/forms/n1bwbycA2XyKKEqH3.
Additionally, we are planning on having a COMMUNITY CLEANUP DAY next weekend for all interested volunteers! We are still discussing if the Community Cleanup Day will be on Saturday (9/23) or Sunday (9/24). Updates will be posted here on www.GoFundMe.com/MonkeyJungle and on the Monkey Jungle Facebook page. If you would like to be alerted of updates directly to your inbox, please register for the event by filling out the following survey: https://goo.gl/forms/n1bwbycA2XyKKEqH3.
(Registering just lets us know that you are interested in volunteering next weekend.) Feel free to mention in the comment section how you would like to help! Perhaps you have a knack for raking? Or have some great clipper skills? Maybe you don’t know how you want to help! Just let us know!
Thank you all again for your generous support. We are certainly feeling the love.
Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and inquires about King, Mei, and the rest of our Monkey Jungle family. We have been hard at work over these past few days checking on our animals and assessing infrastructure damage. But now, we are happy to report that our animals are safe and accounted for!
We wanted to share some photos with you, one in particular of a mama and a baby; we think the baby in the first picture is probably less than a week old, judging by its black natal coat. We couldn’t help but notice how content and serene the mother and baby were amidst the chaos. This little monkey certainly is a symbol of hope and new life at the Monkey Jungle.
We also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their generous gifts to the to the Monkey Jungle Relief efforts. We are humbled and so moved that nearly $6,000 has been gifted over these past 4 days. This support has been critical towards our efforts to keep our animals safe, restore our infrastructure and get everyone back to work so that we can keep this small, local business up and running and ensure that our 300 animals can continue to call the Monkey Jungle home.
Again, thank you all.
We have professionals coming out tomorrow to assess how to best deal with the tree and building damage. Now, we need your help finding contractors who are available to come down to the Monkey Jungle to help us start rebuilding.
CALL TO ACTION: Please fill out the following survey if you would like to be part of the relief efforts on the ground at the Monkey Jungle. ( https://goo.gl/forms/n1bwbycA2XyKKEqH3)
This survey is for:
> Non-professional/volunteers that would like to help with non-machine related tasks (clearing debris, planting trees, path repair) at a later date if/when we need it.
> Anyone who would like to recommend a professional contractor who may be able to come down to the Monkey Jungle.
> Professional contractors that would like to volunteer their time and services.
> Professional contractors that can come down to the Monkey Jungle and provide their time and services for pay.
At this point we need professional contractors who can help with the following:
> Cut down fallen trees with chainsaws and remove them from the animal enclosures, buildings, and fences.
> Fix damaged tin and corrugated metal roofs
> Repair and install chain link fences
If you can, please consider a monetary gift to help us fund these repairs; any and all amounts are sincerely appreciated.