Suncoast Primate Sanctuary – Palm Harbor, Florida
In Palm Harbor, just south of Tapon Springs, is the home for those primates who are no longer wanted by their owners, for whatever reason. It is a place for them to live out their lives in peace and with dignity.
The primates living here come from many different environments, some truly deplorable or were scheduled to be euthanized with out intervention. Some are former pets that became too difficult to handle, resulting in temporary "solutions" that had horrid results, some were castrated and others had their teeth pulled out. Some of the animals were sent to such places as breeding facilities, research labs or the movie/entertainment industry. Those that were fortunate enough to come to this site have found a good home, where they are cared for and treasured. What a great alternative to the horrid life they could have been forced into.
There was a Lowland Gorilla named Otto, who became the friend of many visitors. Otto was a male silverback. He has spent most of his life at the Chimp Farm, coming when he was just 2. He was the commercial gorilla in the American Tourister Luggage commercial who was to go to a zoo upon completion of his duties, but he was ill and was going to be euthanized. Instead, he was taken to the Chimp Farm where his septic arthritis and tuberculosis were treated giving him another 40 years of healthy living. He passed away in 2007.
There are Orangutans, chimpanzees, monkeys and some non-primates such at a goat, alligator, Burmese python, bear and 5 turtles living at the Chimp Farm.
The Chimp Farm has an adoption program to help with the funding of the care of the animals. They range in giving from $50 to $150, so if you feel the desire you can "adopt" one of the animals and help to protect it in its lifetime.
The Farm was closed for awhile due to remodeling and new construction of housing for the animals. It is now open again for the public.
Hours: Thursday – Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM
Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children.
Location: 4600 Alt. Hwy 19, Palm Harbor, FL 34683