Primate Sanctuary

The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, FL is just down the road from where we are staying. The staff is completely made up of volunteers and they were so nice!

The grandma at the door gave us a history, the printed guide and a bag of monkey food. Then we were off on our own to look around. The place is quiet. We saw four different volunteers doing the lunch feeding and just one other couple visiting.

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The kids are calling “Pongo”…

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Here’s Pongo, a three year old male orangutan.

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This monkey was kind of scary. He threw his slide around the cage and then slammed up against the side, shrieking at us. These are not good pets, people…and why they end up here, unable to live in the wild. A showcase of rip-yo-face-off monkeys.

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Quite a few birds have come to live here too.

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This is the chimp “Cheetah Mike.” He was one of the chimps featured in the Tarzan movies in the 1930s and he is 81 year old.

The grandma also explained the average lifespan in the wild is 12-15 years; in the zoo: 40-50 years and in a sanctuary: much longer because of the lower stress environment. I wonder if he is bored? The couple that used to own this place toured them around as “boxing chimps” in the 50s. Yikes.

Leave those apes in the jungle!

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2 Responses to “Primate Sanctuary”

  1. Mom Z Says:

    I hope those aren’t “rip your face off” turtles!

  2. Kinsey Says:

    Those are some really nice looking enclosures, lots of stuff for them to play with. For chimps, it’s actually 35-40 years in the wild and 60+ in captivity (constant food supply, no predators, medical care). Good to see they have a comfy home to go to, still can’t believe people try to keep them as pets (scary!).

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