As a nonprofit sanctuary, financial contributions to Talkin’ Monkeys are always welcomed with gratitude.
Debbie and Tom use these dollars to help support the animals in many different ways: from buying the monkeys and apes their favorite foods to making their homes bigger and better.
Debbie and Tom Misotti rely on donations to help provide the 14 monkeys and apes that live here with the food and support they need.
The Misottis also rely on in-kind donations from people like you who provide many items the monkeys and apes like to play on, or that they need to feel safe and secure in their homes. Debbie and Tom also welcome in-kind donations to help provide life-long homes that the monkeys and apes need to live happy and healthy lives at the Talkin’ Monkeys Project. Here are a few things that will help:
One thing that we can always use is helping hands. Volunteers play an important role and are vital to The Talkin’ Monkeys Project mission. We would love to build a bigger volunteer corps.
While working as a volunteer onsite may not be for everyone, there are plenty of ways to get involved here, and I bet we can find a job that’s just perfect for your skills.
Things for Our Homes/Habitats
Large Plastic Barrels
We use these barrels – which should be clean and never have contained any chemicals (olive or pickle barrels are just fine) as shelters in our outdoor cages. We like to hang them or place them so our friends have an alternative shelter to get out of the weather or to take an afternoon snooze.
Corn Crib Cages
Corn crib cages, usually used to keep corn, are just great additions to our habitats. We can use them to provide “turrets” for our primate homes. These are also known as silo cages and are manufactured by Behlen Industries in several sizes.
Steel or Sturdy Plastic Climbing Structures
The capuchins just love these kinds of things to play on.
Plastic Rabbit Water Bottles
24 and 32 ounce sizes, plus cage hangers are ideals. We get thirsty out here!
Larger Action Figure Toys
The capuchins just love to play with these!
Tyco/Little Tykes playhouses are just great for the gibbons to and larger monkeys, who love to play in and around them.
Steel Horse Panels for Chutes
We’ve been able to adapt these structures to incorporate them into cost-effective and sturdy monkey and ape homes. We need steel horse panels with 2-inch-by 4-inch openings and 12-foot or 16-foot long panels.
Canvas Fire Hoses
These sturdy hoses – often discarded by fire departments when they may not be useful for fighting fires but are still great for hanging on – provide hours of enrichment possibilities.
Pressure Treated Posts or Tek Decking
We need 4-by-4 by-16 posts to use as supports for the chutes that the monkeys use to travel from place to place. The same goes for the Tek decking.
Plastic Fence Panels
We use these as hanging shelves.
Wire Horse Panels for creating travel chutes between habitats
Dog Kennel Panels to expand habitats.
FedEx Mailer Envelopes
These cardboard envelopes provide enrichment for Talkin’ Monkeys residents. In the wild, these animals have to “work” for a living. By “hiding” their food in things like these envelopes and other “complex” devices, we provide them with activities to occupy their minds, as well as filling their tummies.
Metal Feed Buckets 2 Quart for feeding on habitats
Double Ended Metal Snaps (We use these for food bowls and a million other things! We never seem to have enough!)
Things for Outside our Homes/Habitats
Talkin’ Monkeys is a proud member and supporter of the American Bamboo Society and South Florida Caribbean Bamboo Society and we find that bamboo offers a hurricane and drought-resistant shade and security for our monkeys and apes – plus they find it just plain tasty! All the bamboo species we plant are non-invasive, clumping varieties – an important consideration in a state that’s trying to eradicate many invasive species that do more harm than good.
Donations of the following bamboo species are welcome. (Please be sure to ask your nursery specialists for these species if you plan to donate bamboo to Talkin’ Monkeys):
Recycled Tire Mulch or plain cypress mulch
We use this to line the pathways around the Talkin’ Monkeys Project.
Large Metal Barrels
We use these barrels to help us burn debris. These should also be new or never have contained any chemicals whatsoever.
Of course, you might think we get plenty of fertilizer for our bamboo with 11 monkeys, three horses and a few dogs. But we can always use more commercial fertilizer– so help us lay it on thick!
Bat and Purple Martin Houses
Mosquitoes are always a concern out here in the middle of Florida. Mosquitoes bite the monkeys and apes, too! Both bats and purple martins are famous for feeding on mosquitoes so the more we can do to attract them to our space, the better!
Mosquito Removal Devices
We’re always looking for ways to keep our animals pest free – and that certainly goes for mosquito removal. Donations of Mosquito Vac, Skeeter Vac and the Mosquito Magnet are always welcome.
Top Soil/Potting Soil
Edible Plants for the Primate Garden
Please contact us for a few primate faves.
Things to Take Care of Home
Bleach – we use 10 to 12 bottles a week!
Bottled water for emergencies and for Talkin’ Monkeys volunteers
Gardening tools – sturdy rakes, shovels, hoes, hand clippers and brush cutters are always needed
All-Terrain Vehicle – This would help us with fogging and spraying, seeding, mowing and any and all manner of things.
Portable water tank – for spraying or pulling by ATV or tractor
Golf Cart – to help us move things from habitat to habitat
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