Africa

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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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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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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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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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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“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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How you can tell you’re in love with baboons

By International Primate Protection League / October 24, 2014 / Comments Off on How you can tell you’re in love with baboons

Joselyn Mormile knew she was in love with baboons the day she went into town to do some shopping in the South African province of Limpopo. She had been working at the C.A.R.E. baboon rescue and rehabilitation center, located near the Kruger National Park. C.A.R.E. is somewhat remote, and volunteers and workers don’t usually leave…

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Sanctuary chimps in the Ebola zone say “Thank you!”

By International Primate Protection League / September 26, 2014 / Comments Off on Sanctuary chimps in the Ebola zone say “Thank you!”

Here’s what we heard yesterday from Bala Amarasekaran, the Founder and Director of the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone: Dear Shirley, We cannot thank you enough. Indeed a blessing, your kindness and support has always been there for Tacugama. Situation is pretty bad. Rather late, but much needed help is beginning to arrive. Hope…

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Meet our girl Molly!

By Shirley / August 22, 2014 / Comments Off on Meet our girl Molly!

For several years, Molly Jorges has worked at the C.A.R.E. baboon rehabilitation center in Phalaborwa, South Africa. C.A.R.E. was founded by the late Rita Miljo in 1989. Rita and three other baboons (including Bobby, her first rescue) tragically died in a fire at the sanctuary during the night of July 27, 2012. Working for baboons…

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Ebola threatens chimp sanctuary

By International Primate Protection League / August 8, 2014 /

Humans are not the only ones at risk from Ebola: chimps and gorillas are also susceptible to the deadly virus, which is currently wreaking havoc in West Africa. It’s turning out to be the worst outbreak of this virus in history.   That’s why we are so worried about our friends at the Tacugama Chimpanzee…

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A drill monkey tracker turns filmmaker

By International Primate Protection League / November 21, 2013 /

Drill monkeys might be the world’s largest monkeys. We’re actually not 100 percent sure because there has been so little fieldwork done on these enigmatic primates. They are hard to keep in captivity and even harder to find in the wild.     These close relatives of the similarly-sized mandrill live only in the forests…

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Remembering the Taiping Four gorilla case

By Shirley / November 15, 2013 /

Every two years IPPL holds a conference for our supporters, and we bring in speakers working for primates around the world. In 2002, our meeting was held at IPPL Headquarters March from 22 to 24. I thought you might like to know how a “tip-off” led to a long investigation that had worldwide ripples. The…

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“Kindred Beings”

By International Primate Protection League / October 3, 2013 /

This week’s post is written by guest blogger Sheri Speede, DVM, the founder/director of In Defense of Animals-Africa and its Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon. She has just written a memoir, titled Kindred Beings: What Seventy-Three Chimpanzees Taught Me About Life, Love and Connection. Check out the book’s Web site and Facebook page for…

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A note of gratitude from Cameroon

By International Primate Protection League / September 6, 2013 / Comments Off on A note of gratitude from Cameroon

Earlier today we received a special thank-you from our long-time friends at a wonderful primate sanctuary in Central Africa. The Limbe Wildlife Centre currently cares for more than 360 native Cameroonian wild animals. That includes about 240 primates: some 16 gorillas, 50 chimpanzees, and over 175 monkeys now call the place home. The LWC is…

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Damien, the demon monkey of Main Street

By International Primate Protection League / April 26, 2013 / Comments Off on Damien, the demon monkey of Main Street

Although Barbary macaques are native to northern Africa, their most famous representatives live on the other side of a little piece of the Mediterranean Sea, on the Rock of Gibraltar. Keri Cairns, who was doing some investigative photojournalism for us earlier this year to check on the status of these monkeys in the wild, felt…

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The uncertain future of the Barbary macaque

By International Primate Protection League / March 29, 2013 / Comments Off on The uncertain future of the Barbary macaque

Barbary macaques inhabit a variety of environments in their native Morocco, as our roving zoologist Keri Cairns discovered on his trip there earlier this year. From the squares of Marrakech to the roadsides of the Middle Atlas to the cork forests in the Rif Mountains; from sunny waterfalls to snowy paths. You can tell: these…

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A monkey castle in Morocco

By International Primate Protection League / March 15, 2013 / Comments Off on A monkey castle in Morocco

“How do you defend a once-widespread primate in Morocco from further decline?” After seeing the degraded state of the Barbary macaque monkeys living by the roadside near the town of Azrou, this is what our roving zoologist/photojournalist Keri Cairns wanted to know. Maybe build the monkeys a castle?   We had sent Keri on an…

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The sad truth about the “Tourist Group” monkeys

By International Primate Protection League / March 8, 2013 / Comments Off on The sad truth about the “Tourist Group” monkeys

We’ve been following the adventures of IPPL’s intrepid zoologist/photojournalist Keri Cairns as he unravels the perils facing Barbary macaques in their native Morocco. When last we heard from him, he was at the Cascades d’Ouzoud, describing how “good monkeys can go bad” if tempted by enough easy human food. But, he suggested, things could get…

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How “problem monkeys” start: The macaques of Morocco’s mountains

By International Primate Protection League / February 15, 2013 / Comments Off on How “problem monkeys” start: The macaques of Morocco’s mountains

After witnessing the pitiful abuse of captive Barbary macaques in Marrakech last month, it was a relief to seek out the wild cousins of these monkeys in the Middle Atlas mountains of central Morocco. That’s what Keri Cairns, our roving representative zoologist, told us in his latest e-mail report. The Moroccan Primate Conservation Foundation, which…

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Barbary macaques, Africa’s own snow monkeys

By International Primate Protection League / February 1, 2013 /

When you see pictures of monkeys frolicking in the snow, you’re usually looking at photos of Japanese macaques. The species is famous for taking a break from the winter’s cold by basking in natural hot springs. Now Keri Cairns, IPPL’s roving representative zoologist, introduces us to Africa’s version of the snow monkey. Barbary macaques, too,…

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Advice for travelers to Marrakech

By International Primate Protection League / January 25, 2013 / Comments Off on Advice for travelers to Marrakech

IPPL’s favorite investigative zoologist and photojournalist Keri Cairns is in Morocco this month, and he is bringing us on-the-ground reports about that country’s native Barbary macaques. And this important advice:    “If you do visit Marrakech, please don’t pose for a photo with the monkeys. It’s one of the many problems they face that is helping…

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Remembering Rita Miljo, the “Mother Teresa of Baboons”

By International Primate Protection League / August 1, 2012 /

Rita Miljo, founder of the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education, a baboon sanctuary in South Africa, died in a fire last Friday evening along with three of her favorite baboons. The blaze consumed her home as well as the clinic and nursery night quarters. No other staff, volunteers, or animals were harmed. Her loss…

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A tragedy in Eden

By International Primate Protection League / July 3, 2012 /

It’s in the news again: a human being was seriously attacked by chimpanzees. That was the main topic I was asked about at my friend’s potluck last night: they wanted an explanation for this shocking behavior.     This time the scene of the tragedy was Jane Goodall’s Chimp Eden sanctuary in South Africa. Although…

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New chimpanzee habitat for DRC sanctuary

By International Primate Protection League / June 21, 2012 / Comments Off on New chimpanzee habitat for DRC sanctuary

With the help of funding from IPPL and our generous supporters, a new forested enclosure built especially for sanctuary chimpanzees in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo welcomed its first residents last month.   Construction on the 2.7 hectare (nearly 7 acre) electric-fenced enclosure at the Centre de Réhabilitation des Primates de Lwiro (CRPL) started in…

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New construction at C.A.R.E.

A field report from South Africa’s baboon sanctuary

By Rebecca / October 26, 2011 / Comments Off on A field report from South Africa’s baboon sanctuary

Hello from C.A.R.E.! This is day two, and I’m starting to get acclimated. The first day was spent meeting the baboons and catching up with C.A.R.E. founder Rita Miljo, who sends her best to IPPL and its supporters. We are staying at the wonderful Mfubu lodge in a cottage overlooking the Olifants River. No alarm…

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IPPL remembers the “Pitch in for Pitchou” campaign for an orphaned gorilla in Cameroon

By International Primate Protection League / August 22, 2011 / Comments Off on IPPL remembers the “Pitch in for Pitchou” campaign for an orphaned gorilla in Cameroon

In 1998, IPPL raised over $35,000 from our supporters to help a unique baby gorilla girl named Pitchou, whose mother had been shot for bushmeat. Pitchou had languished for three days in a small crate in a tourist area hotel before being bought by the hotel’s owners, who could no longer bear to see her…

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