Asia

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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The world’s rarest primate

By International Primate Protection League / May 16, 2014 / Comments Off on The world’s rarest primate

Did you know that the world’s rarest primate is actually a gibbon? The Hainan gibbon (Nomascus hainanus) is critically endangered. In fact, this ape is found only in the Bawangling Nature Reserve on Hainan Island, China, located in the South China Sea. There are fewer than 30 individuals left alive.   This may not be…

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Primate enrichment at WAR

By International Primate Protection League / March 7, 2014 / Comments Off on Primate enrichment at WAR

Wildlife At Risk (WAR) is a nonprofit in Vietnam that is dedicated to the conservation of that country’s biodiversity and combating the illegal wildlife trade. They care for about 60 primates at two wildlife rescue centers (one in Ho Chi Minh City and one in Kien Giang province). They have even managed to release some…

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Hanging out with orangutan advocates

By International Primate Protection League / June 21, 2013 /

Three orangutan activists stopped in the South Carolina Lowcountry this past Wednesday as part of their world tour on behalf of the great red ape. A small but enthusiastic group of primate supporters braved the late afternoon thunderstorms and flooding in downtown Charleston to “Hang Out for Orangutans.” Our three guest speakers, who collectively have…

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Malaysia’s monkey war: Take action!

By Shirley / March 22, 2013 /

Nearly 100,000 free-living long-tailed macaque monkeys have been killed per year in Malaysia, during 2011 and 2012. And the extermination is continuing. This massive “culling” has been conducted by Malaysia’s own Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Please protest this horrifying and inhumane assault on Malaysia’s monkeys! (See below.) A friend of Malaysia’s monkeys confirmed for…

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Slow lorises on TV

By International Primate Protection League / November 16, 2012 /

When a “ticklish” slow loris took YouTube by storm a few years back, it was a disaster for the species. By promoting the idea that these “cute” little nocturnal primates make great pets, the video certainly fueled the illegal trade in these animals. Hopefully, a couple of TV shows within the next week will help…

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Tripa in trouble

By International Primate Protection League / October 3, 2012 /

Indonesia’s ecologically-sensitive Tripa peat swamp forest is still in trouble. As reported in IPPL News earlier this year, environmentalists around the world raised the alarm as fires raged throughout the Tripa forest, which is one of the last habitats remaining on earth of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan. The Tripa forest, which is located in…

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Poisonous primates?

By International Primate Protection League / August 24, 2012 / Comments Off on Poisonous primates?

 We’ve all heard about venomous snakes, frogs, and spiders, but what about primates? Venomous mammals are fairly rare. There are some shrews and shrew-like animals, and the male duck-billed platypus has a spur on his hind leg that can deliver a painfully toxic punch. But the primate order has a few species, too, that produce…

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