The Leon-Laroche Clinics at Monkey Jungle started in mid-2009 with visiting Nashville pediatric dentist, Dr. David Snodgrass, pulling teeth in the rear of a Dodge pickup truck. By the end of 2009 we finished our small medical and dental clinics. Then I met Dr. Gerry, a retired orthodontist from Canada, and with his skill the clinic blossomed.
By the end of 2009 it was apparent that we needed a commercial attraction to expand, maintain and perpetuate these free clinics. The ideas to open a zip line and jungle where monkeys could enjoy their native habitat were born.
Today in 2014 , MJ has been visited by over 50,000 guests and the free clinics at Monkey Jungle have treated over 21,000 medical and dental patients and had 45 health care teams volunteer from 3 to 6 days each. Over 25,000 free prescriptions have been dispensed. In early 2013 Monkey Jungle Dental Clinic was expanded by 500 square feet to include two more operatories. Live Different, a wonderful Canadian youth organization contributed $4,000 USD to the $20,000 expansion and spent a week doing manual labor and the beautiful murals in the clinic. Your visits to Monkey Jungle and Zip Line Adventures help support our efforts. Thank you all.