There were some great primates to see, but that was not enough for me to give this place more than one star. This place is far from what you'd envision as a "sanctuary." This place was just plain sad. The cages were small and everything seemed run down. The primates looked sad. One threw a handful of sloppy poo 15-20 feet through a fence at some visitors and it got all over one lady. Another big one spit through the fence at visitors. They clearly are not happy there. I just wanted to set them all free. We also bought two bags of "monkey food" to fee the monkeys. We opened the bag to find cat food, cheetohs, cheesy popcorn, and a few pretzels. It's no wonder they didn't want to eat it. This isn't exactly the type of food they'd eat in the wild. Kudos to the volunteers that make it seem like it's the best place ever because I left that place feeling depressed instead of in awe.
We’re sorry to hear that you had a poor experience. The Sanctuary is a non-profit volunteer-run organization that relies on donations and small grants. We receive no local, state, of federal funding. While we would love to offer larger habitats, similar to what you would see at a large profitable zoo, that is not realistic at this time. Many of our residents come laboratory research, the film industry, and private pet ownership. These magnificent animals would not be taken in by a zoo and would normally face euthanasia. We are here to provide them a final home to live out the remainder of their life in peace and with dignity. All of our enclosures meet and exceed the minimum requirements set by FWC and the USDA. While we do not encourage certain behaviors our residents perform (ex: throwing feces), it is important to remember that they are at their core, wild animals and still have their wild instincts. As for the snack, you are correct when you say “this isn’t exactly the type of food they’d eat in the wild”. These are just snacks between their main diets of fruits and vegetables. Similar how you would give a dog a dog biscuit for a snack, but not feed it to them as a core meal. The cat food has mixes of proteins, vitamins, and nutrients that are beneficial to our primates. Again, this is just for a snack, not a main meal. We encourage you to reach out to us directly at SPSFI@aol.com if you have further concerns.