After several years of anticipation, the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary at 4600 Alternate 19, Palm Harbor 34683 is once again open to the public! The public access hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Donations are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Visit their website at www.suncoastprimate.org
What is the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary?
It’s a non-profit corporation in the state of Florida and is run entirely by volunteers. The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation, Inc. is a haven for elderly, abandoned, displaced animals, mostly primates. The animals are treated with kindness and dignity for the remainder of their lives. Speaking of volunteers, Ian Gibbons, son of Joe Gibbons with Lipply Real Estate has been a volunteer since 2006. The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary relies on its volunteers to run the place and they needs lots of volunteers! Students, seniors and everyone in between are welcome to volunteer. When I asked Ian why he chose to volunteer there he said, “Originally, I wanted to find a place to do community service in order to get my hours for Bright Futures. This seemed like a fun & enriching way to do that. I stayed on after completing my hours because I realized it was a really good experience. And, I became attached to the animals.” He added, “The best part is the everyday interaction with these fascinating, and sometimes very humanlike creatures.”
Support this worthy Palm Harbor foundation with your time and money!