Monkey Island Rescue And Sanctuary is a federally recognized 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the rescue of unwanted and abandoned exotic animals,
with a particular focus on primates. Located in Greenwood, Missouri, Monkey Island Rescue And Sanctuary cares for over 250 animals from a multitude
of different species. We are passionate about the preservation and protection of these beautiful animals, as well a helping to educate people on why many
exotic animals do not make ideal pets. Many of the animals in our care were purchased as pets by people who found they could not handle them.
We rescue unwanted and abandoned exotic animals and ensure that they
have a safe environment to live out
the rest of their lives. Many of the
animals we have would have died
had our organization not
We rehabilitate the animals in our care
and ensure that they have the best possible veterinary care available.
Click on the Cobra above to see
one of our very special animals
and her journey back to sight!
Each day we provide meals for over the 250 animals in our care. While some animals eat very little, collectively their
diet is a tremendous financial
commitment for our organization.
Click On The Gator above to
learn how you can help us!
Each of our animals requires unique
housing based upon their species.
Unique temperature requirements,
size, temperament, health and
risks to our staff and volunteers
all determine how we can
house these animals.
"They come here after they're too hard to handle or too expensive to keep, and then we
maintain their lives for the time that they have left to live, however long that is."
DANA SAVORELLI - Founder & Director, Monkey Island Rescue And Sanctuary
From a very early age Dana Savorelli has been working with and teaching others about animals, their handling, care and conservation. His passion for animals led him to create Midwest Tongs, the world's leading company for the creation of innovative tools specifically designed for the handling of animals in captivity and the wild. Midwest Tongs is the first choice among professionals around the globe for the safe and humane handling of reptiles, mammals, and other animals. Midwest Tongs are even found in industrial or commercial settings where safety in reaching and lifting are paramount. Dana is a recognized expert in the humane handling of animals in captivity and the wild.
Dana founded Monkey Island Rescue And Sanctuary as a place of rescue for unwanted and abandoned exotic animals. Without his intervention, many of these beautiful animals would have died from neglect or euthanasia. Each day, Monkey Island Rescue And Sanctuary cares for over 250 animals with food, shelter, medical care and enrichment. The animals vary from apes and monkeys to cobras and sloths. Each species has special diet and habitat requirements along with round the clock monitoring of their health and welfare.
Monkey Island Rescue And Sanctuary is a federally recognized 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, care and housing of unwanted and abandoned exotic animals. Additionally, MIRAS is licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture as a requirement for some of the species in their care. MIRAS was founded by Dana Savorelli, who operated as its director. MIRAS is located in Greenwood, Missouri. The facilities are not open to the public, however the organization operates a very active FACEBOOK page where people can see their work, learn more about the animals, ask questions and donate to support the organization.
Those local to the Greenwood area interested in volunteering at Monkey Island Rescue And Sanctuary may contact us directly for an application. To volunteer you must be over 18. Experience working with animals is helpful, but not required. Ideal for college students studying biology, zoology, veterinary medicine, or other life sciences fields.
LEMURS / KINKAJOU
BURMESE PYTHON / GABOON VIPER
COBRAS / RATTLESNAKES
For Kansas City Currents' Odd Jobs segment, Sylvia Maria Gross recently visited Greenwood, Missouri, where local daredevil Dana Savorelli
took his childhood love of creepy, crawly
things and turned it into a business.
Monkey Island Rescue And Sanctuary is proud to have been featured on the broadcast television series, Scaly Adventures! The show is seen
on six continents each week and is hosted by
Pierce, Rick and Tanya Curren.
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Lauren Sierra and Tristen Woods of Tarzan Law Group explain how they don’t just help humans, but animals too!Monkey Island Rescue & Wings of Love Rescue explain their missions and also brought some fascinating and fun animals that may need the help of the
Tarzan Law Group!
Kansas State University College Of Veterinary Medicine Restore Sight To "Booger", one of Monkey Island Rescue And Sanctuary's
White-Handed Gibbon Apes. The Procedure Set The World's Record For The Youngest Gibbon Ever To Have The Surgery!
We would love too hear from you! If you have a question or would like to learn more about our organization and how you can help please
feel free to contact us. We are located in Greenwood Missouri (US Central Time Zone) so please take that into consideration when
attempting to call us. AS we are a small staff, please allow 48 hours for most responses. Thank you for your interest in MIRAS!
1 (816) 537-4706
US Central Time Zone
GIVE A ONE-TIME GIFT
BECOME A MIRAS PARTNER
It takes a tremendous effort each month to
feed, care for and house over 250 animals. Monkey Island Rescue And Sanctuary is
always in need of food and other materials
that can help us in our mission. You can help!
If you have food or materials such as caging
or building materials that you would like to donate, please contact us.
Likewise, if you would like to donate
construction of habitats or other needs,
we would love to hear from you.
As we are a federally recognized 501(c)3 organization, your donations may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax
preparation professional for more details>
If you live in the Greenwood, MO area and
would like to volunteer you can send us a
email and we can fill you in on our needs.
TO VOLUNTEER AT MIRAS YOU MUST:
BE 18 OR OLDER
COMPLETE AN APPLICATION
PRIOR ANIMAL EXPERIENCE HELPFUL
BE FLEXIBLE AND WILLING TO WORK
IDEAL FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
IN PRE-VETERINARY, BIOLOGY, OR
LIFE SCIENCE FIELDS OF STUDY