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Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation, Inc., Palm Harbor

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  • Non profit that rescues primates and other animals from drug testing to not wanting them any more. Nice to see them being cared for.  more »
  • This a unique experience. I'm sure it would be good for families. Signage adulares you on the species present at the sanctuary. There are places to picnic, but it's too hot in the summer! Visit takes ...  more »
  • I found this place on Groupon. Bought tickets. I ended up leaving a large donation because I felt bad getting a discount after I realized they run totally off of donations. The animals are well fed an...  more »
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  • I think they do so much with so little there! They all are Volunteers. Which means they have a passion and love for animals. It is not a private for profit zoo that is commercialized and is wealthy. These people aren't getting paid. They give their own time to care for the animals and they genuinely love them. They have people just drop animals off they don't want anymore. They don't turn them away, they take excellent care of them and it's a clean facility and a great place to take the family and picnic! Just because a place is older doesn't make it dirty. It is very clean there and again it is NOT a privately funded zoo!!! It literally is a sanctuary! I think some of these negative reviews are people with clear ulterior motives who have wanted the Sanctuary gone so that the land can be utilized for commercial purposes. The Primate Sanctaury has been there for so long and they don't care about money, they could have sold it but they don't. They are about the well being and longevity of the animals. Go visit and keep open mind and you will see what I see. It takes a lot to run that place and they do a great job!
  • Had a fun day! Yes,its not an all day type of place (took us about an hour max)but over all a nice experience seeing the animals. I Would prefer to see them released in their natural habitat but was made aware of their circumstances for being there in the sanctuary as the staff was very informative as to the reasons why each of these animals have been placed there.
  • Enter at your own risk! No Liability Insurance. ACCORDING to Florida Fish & Wildlife SPSF Inc is NOT classified as a SANCTUARY...Conversely they have a license to EXHIBIT & SELL. According to Pinellas County Tax Appraiser Records SPSF property has a LAND USE: TOURIST ATTRACTION PROPERTY USE: TOURIST ATTRACTION So to recap...it is a Sanctuary that isn't and a charity 501.3C recognized by local & state government agencies as a TOURIST ATTRACTION. Open to the PUBLIC without ADA Parking or Bathrooms and NO INSURANCE. Enter at your own risk. Prepare to be saddened by what you see.
  • To be honest, this was one of the worst experiences of any sanctuary, animal preservation or zoo I've ever been too. To start off, we walked in and there was a volunteer pacing back in forth yelling about "getting his stuff" and it was a completely awkward experience as we were giving them our Groupon admission. While we walking around, we accompanied other volunteers yelling at each other about another young volunteer who apparently wasn't doing a good job as well while in the sanctuary. I didn't really agree with how the cleanliness was there but I'm sure they were doing the best they could. We only stayed about an hour because as close as we could get to the cages was about 15 feet.. so it was sad because you could tell the animals wanted to be interacted with but we obviously weren't allowed to even get within 10 feet. The Groupon admission included getting a picture with an alligator and we weren't even notified of where to do this. Finally, as we were leaving... there was this young volunteer getting completely reemed out by another older volunteer RIGHT IN FRONT of the entrance to the sanctuary. So, going into the sanctuary AND leaving, we encountered an immense amount of drama. We walked past this display to the car and sat there watching it. It was so bad that I actually rolled down my window to hear what was being said to the little girl (which obviously was young and didn't know how to volunteer well but still didn't need to be talked too the way she was. ESPECIALLY right in front of customers!!! I had to hold back every ounce in me to not get out and defend this younger girl.. I don't even care what the girl did wrong, it was completely inappropriate. So, after listening for about 7-8 minutes of this, I finally got out and walked up to an older lady who seemed to be the owner/manager of the sanctuary and told her how concerned we were of what we encountered. She apologized and told us thank you for telling her but it didn't really seem sincere. Especially considering the fact that just as soon as I walked away, a few volunteers came up asking what it was about and obviously laughed about it. I've never felt so out of place at an establishment that I paid money to enter. Especially, considering I was SO excited to go here. I would recommend to anyone and everyone that they DO NOT waste their money on this establishment because it will only end in disappointment. I personally think this place should be SHUT DOWN until there is proper funding and they can find volunteers who know how to take their private matters behind doors away from the public....
  • Had a fabulous time we went with our group from 73 to 5 and we will all had a great adventure

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