Monkey Jungle, their home, is a primate wildlife park and science/education center in Miami, Florida, and is significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Monkeys and apes are vulnerable to the virus to varying degrees. Please help our staff keep them safe! Your GoFundMe support helps pay ongoing costs necessary to care for these delicate creatures and their forested home, which has been part of the South Florida community for over 80 years. Scroll down for photos and our story.
Out of utmost caution, Monkey Jungle is operating without visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the monkeys, staff, and visiting public. This comes at an enormous financial cost. Unfortunately, unlike for other businesses, government relief programs have not been nearly as helpful for unique, privately owned, small business venues and zoological parks like Monkey Jungle that remain shuttered to the public but continue to have high operating costs. This terrible oversight has left this South Florida landmark and its residents vulnerable.
Monkey Jungle is one of the few protected habitats for nonhuman primates in the United States and the only one that the general public can explore. It has provided science, education and leisure opportunities to local and visiting families, students and scientists for decades. Your support will directly help the 300+ monkeys living in this South Florida reserve. Contributions to the Monkey Jungle COVID-19 Relief Fund will enable staff to safely provide for the delicate creatures under their care and preserve the park for future generations.
Any amount you can give will be gratefully appreciated. Thank you so much for your dedication to preserving this protected habitat and its inhabitants.
- Staff and Management of Monkey Jungle
About Monkey Jungle...
Founded in 1935 and located 25 miles south of downtown Miami, Monkey Jungle is a 30-acre reserve and visitor attraction that is home to over 300 monkeys of various species and to the DuMond Conservancy, the 501(c)3 not-for-profit science, conservation and education affiliate. The park is located in a naturally occurring sub-tropical forest that provides a habitat for nonhuman primates that is more naturalistic than any other found within a zoological park open to the public in the United States.
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 more than 100, and DuMond’s own descendants continue to manage this small, family business along with dedicated staff to provide these animals and many other primate species with a safe home and visitors with an unparalleled experience.
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