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 , Monkey Jungle both Medical and Dental Clinics 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.