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THE FALL ISSUE OF IPPL NEWS IS NOW ONLINE!

By Joan Brooks / October 26, 2021 / Comments Off on THE FALL ISSUE OF IPPL NEWS IS NOW ONLINE!

There are interesting articles from Neotropical Primate Center, HURO and Kalaweit featuring the cover orangutan, Mr. Waruh. We hope you enjoy reading this latest issue which can also be downloaded and/or printed.

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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL GIBBON DAY!

By Joan Brooks / October 24, 2021 / Comments Off on CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL GIBBON DAY!

Since 1994, IPPL has rescued dozens of gibbons, some originally wild caught who had the misfortune of then spending years, even decades, in research labs. Others were born in labs, spent years in zoos, tourist attractions or as pets. Currently IPPL has 30 exceptional gibbons living at our sanctuary. In addition to providing the best…

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GIVING DAY FOR APES IS OCT 12 AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!

By Joan Brooks / October 8, 2021 / Comments Off on GIVING DAY FOR APES IS OCT 12 AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Whoop-Whoop’s life was terrifying, then perilous, before he arrived at IPPL in 2007. He was used for research at a notorious primate lab and then spent four years at a sanctuary. Indoor conditions were so poor that many gibbons chose to stay outside at night – enduring cold weather and the danger of frostbite. Whoop-Whoop’s…

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WORLD GORILLA DAY

By Joan Brooks / September 24, 2021 / Comments Off on WORLD GORILLA DAY

As of March 2020, the western gorilla is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, with an estimated 125,000 remaining in the wild. The Eastern gorilla is also Critically Endangered, largely due to habitat loss and hunting. Some good news is that one subspecies of eastern gorilla, the mountain gorilla, has increased in number and is…

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International Primate Day!

By Joan Brooks / September 1, 2021 / Comments Off on International Primate Day!

INTERNATIONAL PRIMATE DAY! International Primate Day, September 1, is an annual educational observance event organized since 2005 largely by British-based Animal Defenders International (DI) and supported annually by various primate-orientated advocacy organizations around the world. Since 1973 IPPL has been actively engaged protecting and saving primates. These efforts include maintaining our gibbon sanctuary in Summerville,…

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World Orangutan Day!

By International Primate Protection League / August 19, 2021 / Comments Off on World Orangutan Day!

To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day has been set for August 19th, EVERY YEAR! This event is to help encourage the public to take action in preserving this amazing species. From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan is considered to have declined by more than 50%.…

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World Chimpanzee Day!

By Joan Brooks / July 14, 2021 / Comments Off on World Chimpanzee Day!

Today we celebrate these remarkable beings and raise awareness about the vital need for worldwide participation in their welfare, protection, and conservation. July 14, 1960, was the day Dr. Jane Goodall first stepped foot in what is now Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, to study wild chimpanzees. She began to call attention to the remarkable…

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The spring issue of IPPL News is now online!

By Joan Brooks / May 27, 2021 / Comments Off on The spring issue of IPPL News is now online!

There are many interesting articles including “My Years at IPPL” by Dr. John Ohlandt, who has cared for our gibbons for many years, the amazing rescue of 25 monkeys by our Global Partner, J.A.C.K., special thanks from some of the recipients of our 2020 Small Grants and a special article on IPPL’s Gibby who turned…

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Happy 62nd Birthday Gibby!

By Joan Brooks / March 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Happy 62nd Birthday Gibby!

Today is a very special day at IPPL as we celebrate Gibby’s 62nd Birthday! Taken from his mother as a baby, he was sold to a research lab where, for years, he lived in a tiny cage and was the victim of daily, cruel locomotion experiments. In 2003 he was sent to a sanctuary where…

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IPPL Limited Edition Shirts Available FROM March 1-7!

By Joan Brooks / March 1, 2021 / Comments Off on IPPL Limited Edition Shirts Available FROM March 1-7!

THIS WEEK ONLY! IPPL is happy to announce that we’ve partnered with FLOAT to bring you IPPL custom tees, tanks, and hoodies. For every shirt, sold FLOAT will donate $8 to IPPL to help us continue to maintain our gibbon sanctuary, protect primates around the world and support our overseas partners. There are lots of…

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Our gibbons would like to be your Valentine!

By Joan Brooks / February 9, 2021 / Comments Off on Our gibbons would like to be your Valentine!

Please  help our gibbons celebrate Valentine’s Day, by making a special gift for their care. Before coming to our sanctuary, our gibbons lived in research labs, zoos, animal parks, or were kept as pets. Being at IPPL has been a life-changing experience for all of them.  They have spacious outdoor enclosures, hurricane proof houses with…

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Six Rangers Killed in DR Congo’s Virunga Gorilla Reserve

By International Primate Protection League / January 9, 2021 / Comments Off on Six Rangers Killed in DR Congo’s Virunga Gorilla Reserve

Six national park rangers have been killed and two have been wounded in fresh violence in Africa’s oldest national park. The park is home to rare mountain gorillas. At least six rangers were ambushed and killed by armed men in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Sunday. Famous for its mountain gorillas,…

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THE HOLIDAY ISSUE OF IPPL NEWS IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

By International Primate Protection League / December 22, 2020 / Comments Off on THE HOLIDAY ISSUE OF IPPL NEWS IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!
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Thank you for making Giving Tuesday a Great Success!

By International Primate Protection League / December 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Thank you for making Giving Tuesday a Great Success!

There aren’t enough words to express how much we appreciate the love and support that individuals like you show us time and time again. Even with everything that has happened over the past year, our donors continue to be more generous than we could ever imagine. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for…

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GIVING TUESDAY IS HERE!

By International Primate Protection League / December 1, 2020 / Comments Off on GIVING TUESDAY IS HERE!

Today is Giving Tuesday  –  a day dedicated to making a difference for non-profits around the world. This year, more than ever, IPPL is asking for your help to continue to provide the best of care for 32 charismatic gibbons. Please help us reach our goal of $12,000 before midnight. YOU can make the difference…

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The Fall Issue of IPPL News Available NOW!

By International Primate Protection League / October 16, 2020 / Comments Off on The Fall Issue of IPPL News Available NOW!
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Goodbye to Our Dear Tong

By International Primate Protection League / October 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Goodbye to Our Dear Tong

We have some very sad news to share with you. Our dear Tong Gibbon died on September 29, 2020 at the age of 50. As a baby, Tong was purchased at a market in Cambodia by a man working for Air America, a CIA operation which flew planes on bombing missions over Laos and Cambodia.…

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The June issue of IPPL News is online now!

By International Primate Protection League / July 3, 2020 / Comments Off on The June issue of IPPL News is online now!

IPPL’s latest issue of IPPL News is now available on our website. There are many interesting articles including some from our overseas partners telling us how they are surviving during COVID-19. With income seriously curtailed, we hope our readers will want to help by making a donation which will be shared equally among the organizations.…

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IPPL News – Sneak Peek #1 Sanctuary for “Tailed Monkeys” Established in Democratic Republic of Congo

By International Primate Protection League / July 3, 2020 / Comments Off on IPPL News – Sneak Peek #1 Sanctuary for “Tailed Monkeys” Established in Democratic Republic of Congo

Adams Cassinga founded Conserv Congo with the mission of providing a “non-discriminatory” sanctuary for any primate species except great apes, for whom other sanctuaries exist. Read about the obstacles he faces and his vision of the future on page 3 of our June newsletter.

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Sneak Peek #2: Life in China Studying the Forgotten Apes

By International Primate Protection League / July 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Sneak Peek #2: Life in China Studying the Forgotten Apes

Carolyn Thompson takes readers on a journey as she studies three of the rarest gibbon species: the newly described Skywalker Hoolock gibbon, the Hainan gibbon, and the Cao vit gibbon. Immersing herself into village life, she describes testing her culinary palette and being reported as a terrorist on the China-Myanmar border. See page 6 of…

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CORONAVIRUS FORCES CANCELLATION OF IPPL’S 2020 SUPPORTERS’ MEETING!

By International Primate Protection League / March 3, 2020 / Comments Off on CORONAVIRUS FORCES CANCELLATION OF IPPL’S 2020 SUPPORTERS’ MEETING!

In 1990, IPPL held its first supporters’ meeting in Summerville, SC. From that year forward these meetings have been held every two years. The speakers have included our overseas partners as well as others dedicated to protecting primates around the world. The 2020 IPPL Supporter’s Meeting was scheduled for March 27-29. There was an impressive…

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Shirley McGreal, founder of IPPL, receives Elizabeth Bradham Humanitarian Award

By International Primate Protection League / February 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Shirley McGreal, founder of IPPL, receives Elizabeth Bradham Humanitarian Award

January 26, 2020 the Charleston Animal Society celebrated 146 years of preventing cruelty to animals at Blackbaud World Headquarters in North Charleston. Before hundreds of supporters, including IPPL staff and friends, the Animal Society presented two significant awards. The Community Ambassador Award went to Blackbaud, Inc. The Elizabeth Bradham Humanitarian Award was given to Dr.…

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December issue of IPPL News Online Now!

By International Primate Protection League / December 21, 2019 / Comments Off on December issue of IPPL News Online Now!

The December issue of IPPL News is online now! IPPL’s holiday issue of IPPL News is now available on our website. Read about our newest gibbon, Gideon, our new Sanctuary Manager of Animal Care and Grounds, the devastating fires in Bolivia and much more! CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWSLETTER

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Remembering Blackie

By International Primate Protection League / December 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Remembering Blackie

Today we would like to remember a very special gibbon named Blackie. Blackie began his life in the jungles of Thailand where he was caught and sold to a wildlife dealer when he was just a baby. Shortly after this traumatic experience he was sold to a lab in the northern United States before being…

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THANK YOU FOR DONATING TO GIVING DAY FOR APES!

By Joan Brooks / October 16, 2019 / Comments Off on THANK YOU FOR DONATING TO GIVING DAY FOR APES!

The results are in and because of many of you –  IPPL received almost $5,000 during Giving Day for Apes! Raising much needed funds to care for our delightful gibbons is ongoing. We know we can always count on our supporters and, once again, you came through. Today, we think that our gibbons might just…

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Giving Day for Apes 2019

By International Primate Protection League / September 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Giving Day for Apes 2019

You are invited to be part of Giving Day for Apes! Love gibbons? Then we hope you will join the festivities.  Please mark your calendars for October 15, 2019.  What is Giving Day for Apes? Good question. It’s not just any day or any campaign. While IPPL supporters know that every day is a great…

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IPPL at CITES CoP18

By International Primate Protection League / August 25, 2019 / Comments Off on IPPL at CITES CoP18

Global Advocacy Update One of the most important meetings about protections for primates and other wildlife is current underway in Geneva, Switzerland: the 18th Conference of the Parties for the Convention International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES. Here’s a round up of some highlights from the conference so far. IPPL Delegation IPPL is well represented…

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Independence Day at IPPL

By International Primate Protection League / July 3, 2019 / Comments Off on Independence Day at IPPL
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LCRP saving chimps update

By International Primate Protection League / June 27, 2019 / Comments Off on LCRP saving chimps update

Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection saving orphaned chimps In the IPPL March Newsletter, there is a story about an organization doing remarkable work in West Africa caring for and saving orphaned chimps. Jim and Jenny Desmond, the founders of Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue Protection (LCRP), were hired to care for 66 chimpanzees in Libera. The chimpanzees…

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Summer Time in Summerville

By International Primate Protection League / June 21, 2019 / Comments Off on Summer Time in Summerville

Happy first day of summer from the gibbons and otters at IPPL. (Happy first day of winter to our friends at J.A.C.K., and the rest of the southern hemisphere.) It seemed very appropriate that we had this beautiful rainbow over Primate Lane to start off the summer. Some people say that the first day of…

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Sanctuary Caregiver Appreciation Day

By International Primate Protection League / June 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Sanctuary Caregiver Appreciation Day

We are lucky to have a fabulous team of caregivers here at IPPL! Today is animal sanctuary caregiver day, which gives us a chance to give them a special shout out. We know the gibbons the otters appreciate all the hard work and TLC, too. Happy #SanctuaryCaregiverDay to all the amazing people out there who…

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A Loris Named Shirley

By International Primate Protection League / June 10, 2019 / Comments Off on A Loris Named Shirley

We all know that Dr. Shirely McGreal has been working for over 45 years to preserve and protect primates. She also created a sanctuary for gibbons, the smallest of all the apes, in Summerville, SC. But are you aware there is another Shirley who lives in the forests of Java? It’s true – but there is…

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IPPL is commemorating World Environment Day

World Environment Day

By International Primate Protection League / June 5, 2019 / Comments Off on World Environment Day

IPPL is recognizing World Environment Day today, June 5, 2019. Part of protecting primates is protecting the planet. Whether that means protecting habitat at the IPPL sanctuary or supporting programs across the globe, environmentally-friendly practices are part of what we do. To commemorate @WorldEnvironmentDay, IPPL is highlighting the good work of organizations funded by our…

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IPPL’s Featured Gibbon Paen

By International Primate Protection League / May 16, 2019 / Comments Off on IPPL’s Featured Gibbon Paen

Meet Paen   In the March Newsletter, IPPL’s Featured Gibbon was Paen. One of IPPL’s most lovable gibbons, Paen was born in a zoo in Little Rock, AR on October 20, 1985.  She lived in a few zoos while growing up including the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park with other members of her family. …

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IPPL celebrates Earth Day today and every day

By International Primate Protection League / April 22, 2019 / Comments Off on IPPL celebrates Earth Day today and every day

Happy Earth Day from IPPL! Earth Day gives us a special day every year to celebrate the planet that we all call home. It is a great chance to reflect on our relationship with the Earth that we call home and share with all life. Every day = Earth Day It’s how we live our…

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Invitation to IPPL event honoring Ape Action Africa

By International Primate Protection League / April 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Invitation to IPPL event honoring Ape Action Africa

Join us for a special IPPL event honoring Ape Action Africa IPPL staff, and local residents and supporters from anywhere in the country are invited to attend a special presentation by Ape Action Africa (AAA) being held at our headquarters in Summerville. Please see Event Details and options for RSVP below. Dr. Rachel Hogan, OBE…

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Ape Action Africa to the rescue

By International Primate Protection League / April 17, 2019 / Comments Off on Ape Action Africa to the rescue

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] From a difficult start in life to thriving Imagine you are at home with your family and all of a sudden strangers arrive and turn your world upside down. Then you are dragged away in chains. Now imagine you are a 10-month infant. No one should ever have to go thru through an event like…

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Thanks to our volunteers at IPPL

By International Primate Protection League / April 9, 2019 / Comments Off on Thanks to our volunteers at IPPL

Thanks to the Volunteers at IPPL This week is National Volunteer Week so we couldn’t miss the opportunity to brag about the volunteers at IPPL. We love our volunteers and the sanctuary greatly depends on all of them. IPPL has indoor as well as outdoor volunteers. Both groups are very important in aiding in the…

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Mia enjoying a piece of fresh cactus fruit..

Friends, fun, and food for IPPL gibbons thanks to a special visitor

By International Primate Protection League / March 28, 2019 / Comments Off on Friends, fun, and food for IPPL gibbons thanks to a special visitor

Friends, Fun, and Food for IPPL’s Gibbons A longtime friend of IPPL and Founder of The Talkin’ Monkeys Project, Debbie Misotti, recently visited the sanctuary. The gibbons were delighted to see her, as were we. She brought lots of special gibbon food like prickly pears, huge blackberries, and fresh corn on the cob still in the…

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Extra! Extra! Do we have news for you

By International Primate Protection League / March 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Extra! Extra! Do we have news for you

IPPL News is back with its March 2019 issue! We have lots of exciting stories for our supporters and primate lovers. You will read about Shirley Loris named after IPPL’s very own Shirley! And about wonderful projects in Liberia (Sneak peek with the image above. Wowza! Right?), Ecuador, and Indonesia – and more. Chimpanzees? Check!…

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Protecting primates together

By International Primate Protection League / February 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Protecting primates together

The last couple of weeks have been extra fun for the staff, otters, and gibbons! We’ve been fortunate to have Irene and Joseph from the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary with us here at IPPL.  In addition to sharing their knowledge and great stories with us, they got a look at our operations and had the…

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Gibbon Songs of Gratitude to Crescent Homes

By International Primate Protection League / February 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Gibbon Songs of Gratitude to Crescent Homes

Recently, representatives from Crescent Homes visited the IPPL sanctuary. They presented a very special gift made through their GIVE Program for local charities. [su_slider source=”media: 6889,6890,6891,6892,6893″ width=”740″ height=”440″ autoplay=”4000″ speed=”2000″] Needless to say, we were thrilled to welcome the team to the sanctuary. So were the gibbons. As you can see in the photos, they…

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Farewell Arun Rangsi

By Joan Brooks / December 19, 2018 / Comments Off on Farewell Arun Rangsi

We are all devastated to report the loss of our first lab gibbon, Arun Rangsi (“Ruie”) who was also Shirley McGreal’s  “heart gibbon.” He came to IPPL from the University of California, which used gibbons in viral cancer experiments that caused them great suffering and death. Born at the lab in 1979, his mother rejected…

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Farewell Satu

By Joan Brooks / December 18, 2018 / Comments Off on Farewell Satu

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our beloved Satu otter. Satu, whose name means “one” in Malay, was born at the Singapore Zoological Gardens on April 4, 2001. In February of 2006, Satu and his brother Dua were sent to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where the two quickly became famous for…

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Farewell Uma

By Joan Brooks / October 18, 2018 / Comments Off on Farewell Uma

Once again, we shared the sad news that another IPPL gibbon had left us. Umatilla, affectionately called Uma, who was born September 5, 1985. She came to IPPL in March of 2007 with her mate Scrappy. This duo arrived from a sanctuary in Texas after having been confiscated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service…

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New Blog Post: Local Flavor

By International Primate Protection League / September 6, 2018 / Comments Off on New Blog Post: Local Flavor

Check out this great new blog post by Caregiver Wes Laney. Not only does he provide daily care to our 36 gibbon and 5 Asian otter residents, but he is also the primary photographer for all the great photos you see!

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EVENT: Ensuring a Future for All Primates

By International Primate Protection League / August 30, 2018 / Comments Off on EVENT: Ensuring a Future for All Primates

We invite anyone who will be in the Houston area on October 19th to attend this incredible dinner at the Houston Zoo presented by the International Primate Protection League. Speakers include Dr. Shirley McGreal, Founder of IPPL, and Ian Redmond, renowned conservationist and former student of Dian Fossey. All proceeds will benefit IPPL’s international work…

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Blackie the Gibbon’s Guilty Pleasure

By International Primate Protection League / August 6, 2018 / Comments Off on Blackie the Gibbon’s Guilty Pleasure

By Jennifer Buchanan, Lead Animal Caregiver As an animal caregiver at IPPL, part of my job includes food preparation and the feeding of our thirty-six gibbon residents.  Some of our gibbons have special diets.  For example, Blackie, one of our oldest gibbons who is estimated to be around 60 years old, is getting a little…

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IPPL Partners with ECOSTREAMZ!

By International Primate Protection League / July 19, 2018 / Comments Off on IPPL Partners with ECOSTREAMZ!
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Paen’s Journey to Becoming a Yogi

By International Primate Protection League / June 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Paen’s Journey to Becoming a Yogi

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] By Jaclyn Trayte, Vet Tech & Animal Caregiver [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Paen is one of the sweetest residents here at the International Primate Protection League.  She has a family of stuffed animal babies, which she carries around with her all day.  Her family consists of a pony, an elephant, a cow, a monkey, and a bear. …

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Enriching the Lives of Our Residents

By International Primate Protection League / May 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Enriching the Lives of Our Residents

By Jaimie King, Animal Caregiver If one thing working with primates has taught me, it’s that being an animal caregiver can be a very difficult job. Not only is it our duty to keep the animals in our charge fit and healthy, our roles often entail ensuring that each and every one of them are…

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Goodbye, Sweet Bali

By International Primate Protection League / May 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Goodbye, Sweet Bali

We are so sad to inform you that our dear, sweet Bali the otter has passed away.  Bali was born on August 8, 2003 at the Sunset Zoo in Kansas where he lived for a couple of years before he was transferred to the Columbus Zoo in Ohio. He came to IPPL in August of…

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IPPL’s Biennial Supporters’ Conference

By International Primate Protection League / May 4, 2018 / Comments Off on IPPL’s Biennial Supporters’ Conference

A big shout out to all of our incredible supporters who were able to attend, and those of you who made a donation if you couldn’t make it this year. To be surrounded by like-minded individuals who care about primates all over the world (including our wonderful gibbon residents who live at our sanctuary), to learn…

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E.T.

Farewell E.T.

By International Primate Protection League / November 3, 2017 / Comments Off on Farewell E.T.

A Sad Farewell at IPPL Everyone at IPPL is devastated at the loss of our 33 year old gibbon E.T. She was born in April 1984 at the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates at Sterling Forest, New York. At six months of age, she and her parents Blackie and Penny reached IPPL…

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IPPL Announces New Executive Director

By Shirley / September 6, 2017 / Comments Off on IPPL Announces New Executive Director

IPPL is thrilled to announce that we have hired a new Executive Director at our sanctuary!  Casey Taylor, J.D., comes to us with almost a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising and management. Her passion for primates is unmistakable and we know she will carry on the mission of IPPL to preserve and protect primates…

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Farewell Dorothy

By Shirley / September 6, 2017 / Comments Off on Farewell Dorothy

February 1, 2016 was a special day for a petite white-handed gibbon named Dorothy. It was the day she arrived at IPPL. After spending the last 40 years in in a northern zoo, and her mate had died, she was retired to the peaceful surroundings of our sanctuary and the company of other gibbons. After…

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URGENT – Animal Rights Conference Attendees – Aug 4-6. You can help the animals at Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand!

By Shirley / August 4, 2017 / Comments Off on URGENT – Animal Rights Conference Attendees – Aug 4-6. You can help the animals at Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand!

HELP SAVE THE ANIMALS AT WILDLIFE FRIENDS FOUNDATION OF THAILAND!  If you are at the Animal Rights Conference this weekend – Aug 4-6 – please go to the IPPL exhibit booth to sign this urgent petition! Since 2001 WFFT has fought the illegal pet trade and has been rescuing animals who are the victims of…

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Kajal’s Garden

By Shirley / July 10, 2017 / Comments Off on Kajal’s Garden

Kajal is the 15 year old daughter of Lisa Schiller, who recently joined IPPL’s Board of Directors. Her dog, Chewie, a Newfoundland, is best friends with IPPL’s Newfoundland, Blue. This past year Kajal spent some time getting to know the gibbons at IPPL’s sanctuary when she visited with her mother. While volunteering to help prepare…

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Elizabeth!

By Shirley / June 25, 2017 / Comments Off on Happy 33rd Birthday, Elizabeth!

It was in March 1985 that tiny Elizabeth Gibbon, then just nine months old, reached IPPL from the now-closed Silver Springs tourist facility in Florida. She was very small and her mother had rejected her soon after she was born. She was lovingly cared for by a caregiver named Joann. Finally the manager of Silver…

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Endangered Species Day

By Shirley / May 26, 2017 / Comments Off on Endangered Species Day

[vc_row 0=””][vc_column][vc_column_text 0=””] Endangered Species You May Never Have Heard Of! May 19, 2017, was ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY. If you asked someone who are the rarest primates, they would probably say gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, or orangutans, but they would be dead wrong! Among the most endangered wildlife species are many primates. The rarest apes of…

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Farewell Helen

By International Primate Protection League / March 29, 2017 /

Friday, March 24, 2017 was a sad day at IPPL. It was the day our beloved gibbon, Helen, left us. Helen was 37 years old, and such a lovely gibbon. She arrived at IPPL’s sanctuary on April 2, 1982. Originally she was intended to be a companion for Arun Rangsi but, when John McGreal went…

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An Otter Love Story!

By Shirley / March 20, 2017 / Comments Off on An Otter Love Story!

Satu, (“One” in the Malaysia language) came to IPPL in 2009 from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. He had been part of a one-year “Otters of the World” exhibit. Satu is an Asian short-clawed otter. For years, he shared his life at IPPL with Agape, a female, who had been a dentist’s pet –…

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“Pet” Monkey Spotted in Summerville!

By International Primate Protection League / February 8, 2017 / Comments Off on “Pet” Monkey Spotted in Summerville!

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]For years, IPPL has fought the illegal pet trade that exists around the world. We have also written about the tragic lives these animals endure. Even in this country, there are breeders/dealers who make a living producing babies only to take them away from their mothers and sell them to someone who wants, for…

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Update from the IPPL CITES team

By International Primate Protection League / November 15, 2016 / Comments Off on Update from the IPPL CITES team

How the furniture you buy could affect primate conservation Many of the topics being discussed at this CITES Conference of the Parties 2016 do not seem at first glance to have any relation to primates. Yet, when we examined them further, we found that one of the timber issues coming up for discussion was actually…

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A historic moment for monkeys, Sep. 28, 2016

By International Primate Protection League / September 28, 2016 / Comments Off on A historic moment for monkeys, Sep. 28, 2016

A historic moment for monkeys, September 28, 2016 The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is an international treaty established to regulate trade in order to protect wildlife from over-exploitation. CITES was drawn up in 1973, the same year IPPL was founded, and it came into force two years later. IPPL has been…

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Farewell Kendra

By International Primate Protection League / August 15, 2016 / Comments Off on Farewell Kendra

Sweet Kendra was born at a Florida tourist attraction in 2000. She, her younger brother and parents lived there until 2013 when the facility closed and they needed a new home. It was wonderful news for this gibbon family and IPPL was thrilled to welcome them to our sanctuary. Life at IPPL was wonderful for…

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Celebrate GivingTuesday by giving back!

By International Primate Protection League / December 1, 2015 / Comments Off on Celebrate GivingTuesday by giving back!

Dear IPPL Friend, A frightened infant gibbon is suddenly orphaned, by the shooting of her mother, snatched by human hands, and sold as a pet! That is how Tong’s life began in the forests of Vietnam.  For the next few years Tong was bounced from one pet owner to another, finally ending up in Thailand.…

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Happy Howl-o-Ween!

By International Primate Protection League / October 30, 2015 / Comments Off on Happy Howl-o-Ween!

Our animal care staff have again come up with some spook-tacular treats for our gibbons’ annual Halloween veggie feast! Maynard dove for the pineapple before we had a chance to show it off to most of the other gibbons. But we forgave him: today is the sixth anniversary of his arrival at IPPL! Time to…

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Four ways to celebrate International Gibbon Day

By International Primate Protection League / October 23, 2015 / Comments Off on Four ways to celebrate International Gibbon Day

Tomorrow, October 24, is International Gibbon Day. And Halloween is just around the corner. That means tomorrow would be a perfect day to work on your very own gibbon mask or costume—and we’ve got some links to show you how! You know that no one else in your neighborhood will come to the trick-or-treat marathon…

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Recovering from the rain

By International Primate Protection League / October 9, 2015 / Comments Off on Recovering from the rain

Last weekend, South Carolina experienced a “Thousand Year Flood,” as a low pressure system held in place by Hurricane Joaquin dumped over two feet of water in many parts of the state. We are grateful that we did not experience the same level of damage as some of our fellow South Carolinians, especially those in…

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Painting for Primates 2

By International Primate Protection League / October 2, 2015 / Comments Off on Painting for Primates 2

IPPL supporters got in touch with their artistic side last Friday at a creative fundraiser that also honored our adorable gibbons.   The Art Place is a new do-it-yourself studio in the Charleston area that is also open for charity events. The owner, Vanessa Steele, kindly offered to donate proceeds from the entire day’s worth of…

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Banana pops

By International Primate Protection League / September 25, 2015 /

It’s officially fall now, but for the most part it still feels like summer. Lately the gibbons have been enjoying frozen banana pops as enrichment—our special recipe.   We had lots of very ripe bananas among our donated pallets of Costco produce recently, and in the warm weather those babies just don’t keep well, so…

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All chimpanzees are now endangered

By International Primate Protection League / September 15, 2015 / Comments Off on All chimpanzees are now endangered

And that’s actually good news! As of yesterday, all chimpanzees in the U.S. are now classified as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). That wasn’t always the case. In 1990, wild chimpanzees were classified as fully “endangered” under the ESA and entitled to full protection under the law. But captive chimps—in the U.S. alone—were…

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Speaking up for lab monkeys

By International Primate Protection League / August 31, 2015 /

Today is the last day to submit a comment in support of a Rulemaking Petition to improve conditions for U.S. lab monkeys. This opportunity (which had been extended two months) expires at 11:59 PM, so don’t delay, and please share with your friends. Here’s a sample comment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Please feel…

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An Ethiopian travelogue (with monkeys)

By International Primate Protection League / August 28, 2015 /

Baboons and birds, colobus monkeys and carnivores, hyenas and humans. Former IPPL volunteer Christian Runnels stopped by the IPPL sanctuary last week to give a presentation to our staff on his encounters with wildlife in Ethiopia, where he lived for two years.   It’s a great country for primate watching, judging by the photos he…

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Do the Funky Gibbon!

By International Primate Protection League / August 21, 2015 / Comments Off on Do the Funky Gibbon!

How would you like to dance your way to primate protection? It’s easy if you do the Funky Gibbon: here’s how!   Download or listen to the 1970s hit single “The Funky Gibbon” via Amazon, iTunes, or Spotify, and IPPL will get a donation that we can use to help care for gibbons at our…

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Invisible apes

By International Primate Protection League / August 14, 2015 /

We recently received an interesting book from (and written by) Dr. John Steckley, a Canadian anthropology professor who is primarily an expert in some pretty obscure human stuff–he is the last known speaker of the Wyandot (or Huron) language. But, as he states in the opening pages of “Gibbons: The Invisible Apes,” perhaps he is naturally…

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Look for IPPL at animal rights conference

By International Primate Protection League / July 31, 2015 / Comments Off on Look for IPPL at animal rights conference

IPPL is again a Silver Sponsor of the Animal Rights National Conference, an annual bonanza of practical information, inspiring speakers, and networking opportunities for animal rights activists across the country and beyond. The organizers (Farm Animal Rights Movement) note that this conference is also “the world’s largest and longest-running animal rights gathering, hailing back to…

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From chimpanzees to gibbons

By International Primate Protection League / July 24, 2015 / Comments Off on From chimpanzees to gibbons

Renate Winch knows a lot about chimpanzees. She even knows the secret to hippopotamus bliss (scratch them behind the ears). But this week was her first encounter with a sanctuary full of gibbons. Although she has been an IPPL supporter since the 1990s, her long-time residence in Africa meant that she has not had a…

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Homegrown peppers

By International Primate Protection League / July 17, 2015 / Comments Off on Homegrown peppers

Hot, hot, hot! It’s hot here in South Carolina, but don’t worry Whoop-Whoop, our homegrown sweet peppers are NOT!   The last couple of years we have been trying to grow some additional produce on the IPPL grounds.         For years we have done this successfully with fruit. Muscadine grapes have always…

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A children’s book on chimpanzees in Cameroon

By International Primate Protection League / July 8, 2015 /

At IPPL, we take pride in helping fund dozens of grassroots primate sanctuaries and rescue centers in countries where primates are native. One of the sanctuaries we help support is the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, which cares for apes that have been rescued from the trade in bushmeat, pets, and animals used for…

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You can help monkeys in research!

By International Primate Protection League / June 26, 2015 /

[Update 6/29/15: The deadline has been extended to August 31, 2015, 11:59 PM! There’s still time to file a comment on the government Web site!] You have a unique opportunity to make life better for lab monkeys! There are an estimated 110,000 monkeys living in U.S. research facilities. Of course, we feel they don’t belong…

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We’re keeping our cool!

By International Primate Protection League / June 19, 2015 /

Yes, we finally have a new cooler! Thanks to the success of our crowdfunding campaign on LoveAnimals.org, we have been able to purchase and install a new second cooler for our fruits and veggies in our Animal Care Cottage. The cottage is where our daily food preparation for the gibbons takes place.   Prior to…

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Thank you for loving animals!

By International Primate Protection League / June 12, 2015 / Comments Off on Thank you for loving animals!

This week we wrapped up our crowdfunding campaign on LoveAnimals.org: we have reached—and even surpassed—our $4,000 goal! Now we will be able to put those funds toward a new additional cooler to store the bonanza of donated produce we have been getting from Costco.   Many, many thanks to our wonderful supporters (including several anonymous friends—you know…

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Gibbon art DIY for World Environment Day

By International Primate Protection League / June 5, 2015 /

Today is World Environment Day, designated by the United Nations as a day of outreach, a “people’s day” of “doing something positive for the environment.” This year’s theme is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” Well, have you ever dreamed about getting in touch with the natural world through art? That’s what Maui…

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Ape Action Africa: Volunteer update

By International Primate Protection League / May 26, 2015 /

Ape Action Africa is one of the largest primate sanctuaries on the continent, and IPPL is proud to help support the wonderful rescue work the AAA staff is doing in Cameroon. AAA (formerly the Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund) makes use of many volunteers, and last week the IPPL Headquarters Sanctuary was host to one of…

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Our Boeing volunteers: day after day of caring

By International Primate Protection League / May 18, 2015 / Comments Off on Our Boeing volunteers: day after day of caring

On Saturday we were glad to welcome back to the IPPL sanctuary a volunteer team from Boeing. We had a group of Boeing employees (plus a few family members) come out to help with some time-consuming tasks (like bleaching our indoor and outdoor enclosures) and some regular tasks that need to be done every day…

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How many kinds of primates are there, anyway?

By International Primate Protection League / May 15, 2015 / Comments Off on How many kinds of primates are there, anyway?

Today is the 10th annual Endangered Species Day, and primates are (unfortunately) prime poster children for it. There are a lot of primates—but they are in a lot of trouble. How many kinds of primates are there? When I first started studying these amazing animals back in the 1980s, there were supposedly a little over 200 distinct…

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“Chimpanzee funeral” photographer visits IPPL

By International Primate Protection League / May 5, 2015 / Comments Off on “Chimpanzee funeral” photographer visits IPPL

By now it’s an Internet meme: the photo of a group of chimpanzees lined up silently in self-evident grief at the death of their community leader and friend, Dorothy.   Monica Szczupider snapped that picture in 2008 at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, where she was a volunteer at the time. The sanctuary’s founder,…

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Thanks to Costco…

By International Primate Protection League / April 28, 2015 / Comments Off on Thanks to Costco…

…we have a terrific new “problem” here at the IPPL gibbon sanctuary.   For the past few weeks, we have been getting such generous donations of fresh fruit and veggies from our favorite bulk grocery store, that we don’t know where to put it all!   Here’s how it started. About a month ago, we…

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Happy Earth Day 2015!

By International Primate Protection League / April 22, 2015 / Comments Off on Happy Earth Day 2015!

It’s the day to get your green on! The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin established this day to inspire people to take action for the planet and confront environmental challenges great and small. Now the movement is an international one, with the Earth Day Network holding…

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Talking gibbonish

By International Primate Protection League / April 17, 2015 / Comments Off on Talking gibbonish

Gibbons are well known for their vocal expertise. In most species of gibbon, a mated male and female will duet loudly on a regular basis. Their songs can be heard up to a mile away, under the right conditions. This kind of communication is thought to help defend their territory and establish their presence as a…

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Spring has sprung!

By International Primate Protection League / April 10, 2015 / Comments Off on Spring has sprung!

At IPPL, we are glad that the bipolar weather of March is behind us, and the warmer weather of April has brought happy smiles to all our faces. In addition to the sunshine, we have been experiencing a welcome profusion of blooms around the IPPL sanctuary.   For the past several weeks, the daffodils planted…

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Vote and win! Who will be Mia’s prime-mate?

By International Primate Protection League / March 25, 2015 /

Mia is the newest arrival at our gibbon sanctuary. A charming, fluffy, 23-year-old widow newly retired from Mississippi’s Jackson Zoo, she came to IPPL March 13. And she’s ready for love!   But who will be the lucky bachelor? She has four to choose from: Louie-Louie, Maynard, Gus, and Spanky.   Guess correctly who she’ll choose,…

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Mama Mia!

By International Primate Protection League / March 20, 2015 /

We are delighted to announce some great news: we have a new gibbon at the IPPL sanctuary!   Mia is being retired from the Jackson Zoo in Mississippi. Her previous mate, a gentle soul named Cookie Man, sadly passed away last June. That left Mia a widow. In addition, she had proved to be incapable…

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Gabi, the gibbon ambassador

By International Primate Protection League / March 13, 2015 /

Last week we were delighted to receive a visit from the director of the Gibbon Conservation Center, located in Santa Clarita, California. Gabriella Skollar managed to dodge the iffy weather we’ve been enduring on the East Coast to give a presentation to our animal care staff and share her experiences. It was a rare bi-coastal…

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It’s the Year of the Gibbon!

By International Primate Protection League / February 25, 2015 / Comments Off on It’s the Year of the Gibbon!

The lunar calendar may have just ushered in the Year of the Sheep, but according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 2015 is actually the International Year of the Gibbon. And it’s not a moment too soon.   If you include the larger-bodied but closely-related siamangs, as many as 19 species of gibbons…

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Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a pair of happy gibbons!

By International Primate Protection League / February 13, 2015 /

Among the apes, gibbons are the best representatives of true love.   Gibbons are unique among all our nearest kin in that they are monogamous (or nearly so, anyway). Although we are gradually learning more about the variety of social behavior seen in wild primates, same-sex adult gibbons generally do not tolerate each other’s close…

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U.S. primate import statistics for 2014

By International Primate Protection League / January 26, 2015 /

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here’s the bad news: 1. Imports are up 20 percent. For the second year in a row, primate imports into the United States have increased. And not just a little bit. In 2014, the United States imported about 4,000 more primates than in 2013. That’s 23,465 monkeys and apes—as opposed to 19,466 in 2013 and…

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Bioko Island: The next Costa Rica?

By International Primate Protection League / January 6, 2015 /

With 11 species of primates and large stretches of as-yet-unspoiled forest habitat, Bioko Island (which lies just 20 miles off the west coast of Africa) has the highest primate density of any African country. That’s according to Justin Jay, Program Co-Director of The Drill Project. Justin returned for a repeat visit to the IPPL sanctuary…

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