IPPL Sanctuary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Don’t pay too much in taxes!”

By International Primate Protection League / December 10, 2014 / Comments Off on “Don’t pay too much in taxes!”

“Do you own stock in a non-retirement account? If so, you probably are looking at paying capital gains tax on your 2014 return because it has been a good year for the market. Did you know you can reduce those taxes by gifting stocks that have appreciated during the year to a qualified non-profit? By…

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A science field trip to IPPL

By International Primate Protection League / December 5, 2014 / Comments Off on A science field trip to IPPL

When I was elementary school, we got to go on the occasional low-key field trip, like a day hike in a county park to identify local wildflowers. A trip to a private primate sanctuary would have been beyond imagining. But that’s what a group of lucky students from Mason Preparatory School in Charleston got to…

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More than ready for the Day of Caring 2014

By International Primate Protection League / November 14, 2014 /

Today is the Day of Caring, a day when thousands of volunteers from local businesses donate their time and talents to help schools and charities in our area. The Trident United Way organizes this annual blitz, and IPPL has taken part since 2004. Until last year, the Day of Caring was always held in September…

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Weeble-wobble pumpkins

By International Primate Protection League / November 7, 2014 /

Since it’s pumpkin time, our artistic animal care staff came up with a number of creative carvings and presented the fruits of their labors to our gibbons.   Our gibbons mostly like to munch the seeds and excavate the stringy “pumpkin guts” from the belly of the pumpkin-beast. Sometimes that can be more of a…

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Happy, healthy Halloween!

By International Primate Protection League / October 31, 2014 / Comments Off on Happy, healthy Halloween!

The IPPL gibbons have been enjoying some pretty nifty Halloween treats this season, thanks to our creative animal care staff. We shy away from offering our gibbons sugary snacks that are only good for promoting cavities and diabetes and instead go for healthy treats. But, as we like to say around here, sometimes it’s all…

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Farewell to Igor

By International Primate Protection League / October 17, 2014 /

The spirit of our dear Igor left this world on October 13, 2014. He was well into his 50s and had apparently suffered from a stroke or similar health crisis on October 10 that left him paralyzed on his right side. Our wonderful long-time vet Dr. Ohlandt gave him a prednisone injection the following day…

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The secret lives of the IPPL gibbons

By International Primate Protection League / October 10, 2014 /

During our Supporters’ Meeting this past April, IPPL’s Animal Care team members shared some candid videos they had taken of our gibbons. As you might imagine, they have seen many unusual behaviors that the casual visitor is unlikely to witness.   So, may I present the IPPL gibbons, as you’ve never seen them before…. Blackie…

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Gibbons charm the Mount Pleasant Garden Club

By International Primate Protection League / September 19, 2014 / Comments Off on Gibbons charm the Mount Pleasant Garden Club

Yesterday, IPPL’s sanctuary hosted the Mount Pleasant Garden Club, which makes monthly visits to notable locations around the Lowcountry that might interest their members. But I don’t think any of them had ever been on a garden tour that featured gibbons! Our Executive Director, Shirley McGreal, is a British citizen and has a true English…

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Hollywood comes to IPPL

By International Primate Protection League / August 11, 2014 /

Over the weekend we were delighted to welcome not one, but two bona fide Hollywood actors to the IPPL sanctuary. Actress and animal activist Elaine Hendrix arrived yesterday with her boyfriend and fellow-actor Salvator Xuereb, as well as his young daughter Anouk and son Finnley, as the four of them were in the midst of…

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Gus’s birthday pops

By International Primate Protection League / July 11, 2014 /

OK, I confess: we don’t know Gus’s actual birth date. He was a former pet, and we never received his full records when he arrived at our sanctuary. But that’s no reason not to celebrate his “honorary” birthday, which we did last month with a popsicle party.   Our Administrative Assistant Tina gladly recruited her…

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Maui with soccer ball

World Cup Gibbon Training Camp 2014

By International Primate Protection League / June 27, 2014 / Comments Off on World Cup Gibbon Training Camp 2014

Our gibbons have World Cup potential, no question. Whoop-Whoop already shows great kicking abilities. We’re just going to have to cure him of his tendency to bite the ball: Whoop-Whoop—even more so than Luis Suarez—has some very impressive canines! And watch Maui score his first goal! With just a little more energy, we think he…

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It’s National Eat Your Vegetables Day!

By International Primate Protection League / June 17, 2014 / Comments Off on It’s National Eat Your Vegetables Day!

Along the highways leading into Charleston we’ve seen billboards the last couple of months that ask us if we can name 20 vegetables in the next two miles. Our gibbons would have no trouble with this (apart from that language-barrier thing…). Can you name 20 veggies in, say, the next two minutes? As our senior…

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Ape experts at our sanctuary

By International Primate Protection League / June 3, 2014 / Comments Off on Ape experts at our sanctuary

Say hello to Carol Fleming and her partner Keith Lloyd, two primate pros from the UK who have been spending a few days at the IPPL sanctuary!   When I first started chatting with them, they claimed that they had led very boring lives. I’m sorry to tell you: they were lying. Carol started working…

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Welcome, Spanky!

By International Primate Protection League / May 23, 2014 /

Today we accepted a new gibbon at the IPPL sanctuary!       Spanky is an eight-year-old male, born October 18, 2005. He’s a white-handed gibbon from Texas who was given to his former “owner” as a gift when he was only eight months old. However, in March his owner contacted us, saying that she…

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Shirley’s birthday bash

By International Primate Protection League / May 8, 2014 /

Late Tuesday night Shirley arrived back at the office from her most recent travels, so the IPPL staff celebrated yesterday with a little late (only three days’ worth of belated…) birthday party!               Did you forget to wish Shirley a happy birthday? Wish her a belated bodacious b-day on…

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Our primate conservation conference 2014, in pictures

By International Primate Protection League / April 17, 2014 /

This past weekend, we held our 13th biennial Supporters’ Meeting on the grounds of the IPPL sanctuary. We hosted primate field workers from Africa, Asia, and the Americas, all from projects that IPPL has helped to support—sometimes for years!   Attendees were able to interact one-on-one with our visiting speakers, enjoy the spring sunshine, and…

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Happy 80th Birthday to Dr. Jane Goodall

By International Primate Protection League / April 3, 2014 / Comments Off on Happy 80th Birthday to Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane turns 80 today—but she sent US a present! She recently recorded these special greetings just for IPPL:   [field name=”jane-goodall-message”]   Many thanks to Dr. Jane for her decades of hard work on behalf of chimpanzees and all primates—and a very happy birthday from everyone at IPPL.  

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An invitation to our 2014 meeting

By International Primate Protection League / March 28, 2014 / Comments Off on An invitation to our 2014 meeting

We’re looking forward to our upcoming biennial Supporters’ Meeting. And today Shirley sends you this invitation:   [field name=”Shirley-invitation-2014″]   Join us April 11-13 at IPPL’s South Carolina gibbon sanctuary. Contact Shirley directly (smcgreal@ippl.org) for more information.

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Spring cleaning squared

By International Primate Protection League / March 21, 2014 / Comments Off on Spring cleaning squared

Tidying up the sanctuary grounds after the winter’s wind and rain is always a bit of a chore, but this year Mother Nature dealt us a double-whammy. Dual ice storms first weakened and then struck down tree limbs left and right, smashing everything in their path: buildings, fences, and our reliable old Ranger pickup—but fortunately…

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A lip-smacking good time with Gus

By International Primate Protection League / March 14, 2014 /

Every day we feed our gibbons a variety of mixed veggies for breakfast. Lately, the menu has included peppers, beets, cauliflower, carrots, beans, cucumbers, romaine lettuce, and herbs like cilantro. Lunch is a changing assortment of fresh fruit, which for the past week has included apples, oranges, kiwi, papaya, cantaloupe, pineapple, and a few mangoes.…

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Five fun facts about Erin on her birthday!

By International Primate Protection League / February 28, 2014 /

Erin turns 29 today! I’ll bet you didn’t know…. 1. Erin is a ninja. The story is that once when she was being darted for capture at a facility where she lived previously, she actually caught the dart in mid-air! (Sorry, no photo of that incident; you’ll have to take our word for it.)    …

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A second ice storm devastates the sanctuary

By International Primate Protection League / February 21, 2014 / Comments Off on A second ice storm devastates the sanctuary

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, the second ice storm in as many weeks hit IPPL’s gibbon sanctuary.       That first storm, it turned out, had weakened numerous tree limbs, especially among our pines. The second onslaught sent huge branches—some weighing hundreds of pounds—crashing down from heights of over 50 feet.     Our…

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Icicles at IPPL

By International Primate Protection League / January 30, 2014 / Comments Off on Icicles at IPPL

Yesterday the South Carolina Lowcountry endured an ice storm that made our roads treacherous, closed the airport, and shut down schools and government offices throughout the region.   This same system wreaked havoc in many parts of the southeastern U.S., as far away as Texas, Virginia, and Florida. Our governor declared a state of emergency.…

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Courtney’s birthday bash

By International Primate Protection League / January 10, 2014 / Comments Off on Courtney’s birthday bash

Today Courtney turns 12 years old. In honor of her last pre-teen birthday, our staff constructed a nifty new enrichment device we hoped would engage those devious little brain cells.   The apparatus consists of a series of nesting plastic cups strung together on a vertical PVC pole. Each cup can contain a variety of…

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Winter-time indoor fun

By International Primate Protection League / January 3, 2014 / Comments Off on Winter-time indoor fun

When it stays colder than 50 degrees (F) outside, we keep the gibbons nice and warm in their indoor night quarters throughout the day. They don’t always appreciate our consideration for their comfort, however! Many of them (“Maynard, Chloe, Gus, Scrappy, Dianne—and especially Courtney,” says our caregiver Samantha) get cranky at being cooped up. It’s…

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A rabbit-proof fence for our gibbon garden

By International Primate Protection League / December 13, 2013 / Comments Off on A rabbit-proof fence for our gibbon garden

Back in September, a group of kids from the University School of the Lowcountry volunteered at IPPL’s sanctuary as part of the Trident United Way Day of Caring. Their main project was to plant some raised-beds with veggies for our gibbons. We wanted to try out these pilot plots to see if we could feasibly…

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Painting for Primates on International Monkey Day

By International Primate Protection League / December 5, 2013 /

If you’re going to be around the South Carolina Lowcountry next week, please join us for a “Paint it Forward” event at West Ashley Wine and Design, 1331 Ashley River Road, Charleston, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14—which also happens to be International Monkey Day!   For $35 you will have the opportunity…

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Women to watch

By Shirley / November 7, 2013 /

Every year our town paper, the Summerville Journal Scene, carries a special section on local “Women to Watch.” Ten women representing a wide variety of occupations are chosen for this honor. This year, the recipients included, a single mom who battled poverty to start her own law firm, the director of an award-winning bed and…

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Scarecrows on the Square 2013

By Shirley / October 31, 2013 /

Every year at Halloween, the small town of Summerville invites local nonprofits and businesses to build scarecrows to exhibit in the town square. Well over 50 exhibits are on display this year. The square is always crowded with excited children and adults. Thousands of people visit the scarecrows every year. It’s especially pleasant at night…

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Volunteer spotlight: Susan Parker

By International Primate Protection League / October 25, 2013 / Comments Off on Volunteer spotlight: Susan Parker

It’s been like a nine-year “alternative spring break” for Susan Parker: she has been making the six-hour drive from her home in Norfolk, Virginia, to help out at the IPPL sanctuary for a week at a time ever since 2004. This month really does mark the ninth anniversary of her first visit here. On that…

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Halloween treats from Oz

By International Primate Protection League / October 18, 2013 / Comments Off on Halloween treats from Oz

We’ve been enjoying a return visit of zookeeper Sophie Miller, from Australia (a.k.a. “Oz”). She very fond of gibbons and last visited us two years ago with a couple of her fellow gibbon-loving friends from Down Under. She also enjoys Halloween and related phenomena (like vampires). Today she suggested that our gibbons might like some…

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It’s pumpkin time!

By International Primate Protection League / October 11, 2013 / Comments Off on It’s pumpkin time!

Many of our gibbons, we’ve learned, really enjoy pumpkins. Not only do they like to eat the raw squash itself, but they also like nibbling the on the seeds. So here are some of our favorite punkin pics from the last couple of days….              

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Days of Caring, 2013

By International Primate Protection League / September 17, 2013 / Comments Off on Days of Caring, 2013

 What could be better than one Day of Caring? Two Days of Caring, of course! This annual volunteer blitz—which is organized by our Trident United Way—has been expanding over the years. On September 11, 2001, the Day of Caring also became a way to for people in our area to come together in community and…

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A garden for gibbons

By International Primate Protection League / September 13, 2013 /

Today we had a great group of kids come out to our sanctuary and plant some winter veggies for our gibbons.   Their project was part of the annual Trident United Way volunteer bonanza known as the Day of Caring. The kids are from the University School of the Lowcountry, and their school has sent…

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Bali, meet Bubbins

By International Primate Protection League / August 30, 2013 /

This past Monday, our gibbons welcomed a new (four-footed) arrival to the IPPL sanctuary: Bali is an older male Asian short-clawed otter whom we invited to be a companion for Bubbins, a female otter who was “widowed” this past April when her partner Dua had to be put to sleep. Bali himself lost his mate…

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A photo-shoot with Tong and Gibby

By International Primate Protection League / August 23, 2013 / Comments Off on A photo-shoot with Tong and Gibby

The Day of Caring annual volunteer blitz is just three weeks away! Matching thousands of volunteers with hundreds of projects benefitting local charities, this massive event has been growing steadily in popularity since 2000 and is organized by our Trident United Way (TUW). IPPL has taken part in the Day of Caring since 2004, and…

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Arun Rangsi’s backstory

By International Primate Protection League / August 8, 2013 /

Our first rescued lab gibbon came to IPPL in 1981 as a very unhappy little gibbon. Like other primates who have grown up in isolation in a barren laboratory environment, he was prone to repetitive, abnormal behaviors. He banged his head so much that he had a little callus over one ear. Although he was…

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Yoga pros do primate poses at IPPL

By International Primate Protection League / August 2, 2013 / Comments Off on Yoga pros do primate poses at IPPL

Andrea Boyd is a long-time IPPL supporter who co-founded the Jivamukti yoga studio eight years ago with her husband Jeffrey Cohen in nearby Mount Pleasant. She visited the IPPL sanctuary today and brought with her a couple of friends and fellow yoga practitioners, Elii Manzo and Jason (Jay) McNamara. The three of them came to…

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Meet the Silver Springs Four!

By International Primate Protection League / May 14, 2013 /

Yesterday we were thrilled to welcome a new family of gibbons to our sanctuary! Say hello to the Silver Springs Four: Glenda and Gary, their daughter Kendra, and their son Thai. Glenda Glenda is a sweetheart and very people-friendly. Minutes after they arrived yesterday, she was allowing our staff to pet her toes. And twice…

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Volunteer spotlight: Laura Vees

By International Primate Protection League / April 30, 2013 / Comments Off on Volunteer spotlight: Laura Vees

When she started volunteering at IPPL, Laura Vees was a biology student at the College of Charleston. But she wanted experience with a wider variety of animals, so her animal behavior professor put her in touch with us. “I already knew I loved animals,” says Laura. “I had worked with dogs and cats, but I…

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Igor gets a special present

By International Primate Protection League / April 19, 2013 /

Last week we received an unexpected package addressed to Shirley—and Igor. It turned out to be from one of his admirers, Cynthia, who had visited IPPL this past February. On opening the box, we found a cute little primate-printed pouch, and inside that was a “junior” brush and comb set just for Igor.   She…

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An Easter egg hunt for the IPPL gibbons

By International Primate Protection League / April 4, 2013 / Comments Off on An Easter egg hunt for the IPPL gibbons

The Easter Bunny visited the IPPL gibbons this year. He left dozens of brightly colored hard-boiled eggs for our little apes. They were a huge hit! Of course, Mr. Bunny had help from the IPPL animal caregivers. They came along with a wheelbarrow full of hay and over three dozen eggs. Meg distributed armloads of…

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Safety first at IPPL

By International Primate Protection League / March 1, 2013 /

“IPPL’s sanctuary has been located in Summerville since 1977, and we have never had any escapes, as all our housing is double-welded,” says our executive director, Shirley McGreal. “We have had some occasions when we needed to anesthetize a gibbon, but fortunately these have been rare. However, it’s always good to be prepared for any…

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Sweet CeCe’s Charity Challenge to benefit IPPL

By International Primate Protection League / February 11, 2013 / Comments Off on Sweet CeCe’s Charity Challenge to benefit IPPL

Here’s a sweet deal for local (Charleston, SC) IPPL supporters: a Charity Challenge! Download our donation certificate, present it at Sweet Cece’s frozen yogurt shop at 99 South Market Street this Saturday (February 16, 11 AM – 9 PM), and IPPL will get 20% of the proceeds!  Like our gibbons, you’ll say “Yummmmmm!”  

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IPPL’s newest lovebirds: Tong and Gibby!

By International Primate Protection League / February 8, 2013 /

Tong just received the most adorable valentine from Katherine, one of Tong’s most recent adopters. It opens to reveal a lovely message. And this week it so happens that we have very exciting (and seasonally appropriate) news about Tong: she’s no longer single! She and Gibby were placed together this past Tuesday, and they are…

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Courtney’s birthday

By International Primate Protection League / January 10, 2013 / Comments Off on Courtney’s birthday

Courtney—the youngest gibbon at our sanctuary—turns 11 years old today! But since I can’t interview Courtney herself on this fine occasion (she would just keep trying to steal my pen), I thought I’d check in with one of her favorite people—Barbara Allison, IPPL’s long-time office manager, who first came to IPPL in 1998, four years…

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Remembering Beanie and Bullet

By Shirley / January 4, 2013 /

On December 30 I received a welcome visit from long-time IPPL supporters Tim and Christi Doyle from California. I had met Tim at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in Zambia years ago. They had visited IPPL once before—way back in 1999. Tim and Christi were amazed at the changes. Since their last visit we have more…

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Maui

Faux snow balls for our gibbons

By International Primate Protection League / December 20, 2012 / Comments Off on Faux snow balls for our gibbons

This year, it looks like we’ll be without a White Christmas at our South Carolina sanctuary again (big surprise). But our administrative assistant, Tina McCoy, wanted to present our gibbons with “faux snow balls” (really, ice balls) as enrichment during our current mild mid-winter stretch. She got the idea online. She saw that you could…

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Our gibbon gals: Large and in charge!

By International Primate Protection League / December 14, 2012 / Comments Off on Our gibbon gals: Large and in charge!

Walking back toward the office earlier today, I saw one of our gibbons, Robbie, sitting at the end of an aerial runway, enjoying the winter sunshine. A moment later, along came his mate Dianne. She got to within about six inches of him when he suddenly stood up, climbed past her, and sat down again…

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Remembering the arrival of the Maui Three

By Shirley / December 7, 2012 / Comments Off on Remembering the arrival of the Maui Three

Happy Birthday, Maui! Maui Gibbon was born on December 8, 1990, at the Maui Zoo. His parents were named Jade and “Boy.” Jade had reached the Maui Zoo from the Honolulu Zoo, and “Boy” had been a family pet of Sam Pryor, a retired Pan Am pilot. Unfortunately, the Maui Zoo kept its gibbons in…

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Make Giving Tuesday “Gibbon Tuesday”!

By International Primate Protection League / November 27, 2012 / Comments Off on Make Giving Tuesday “Gibbon Tuesday”!

Last Thursday, many Americans had their fill of turkey (or Tofurky) as we sat around the table and shared the many things we are thankful for. The IPPL gibbons also enjoyed their version of the holiday with a variety of seasonal treats. Thanksgiving remains one of the few of our holidays not burdened by over-commercialization.…

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Austrian visitors spoil our gibbons

By International Primate Protection League / October 26, 2012 / Comments Off on Austrian visitors spoil our gibbons

Friedrich Wendl is an IPPL supporter and gibbon adopter. He works for the Austrian parliament, but he also has literally decades of experience as a gibbon handler. Last week, he and his very patient friend and old army buddy, Johann Schmidt (who actually calls Omaha home now), came to visit the South Carolina Lowcountry for…

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With apologies to William Carlos Williams

By International Primate Protection League / September 28, 2012 / Comments Off on With apologies to William Carlos Williams

The Yellow Wheelbarrow so much depends upon a yellow wheelbarrow glazed with rainwater beside the white-handed gibbons. (Sorry, Bill.)

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Beauty and the Beast

By International Primate Protection League / September 14, 2012 / Comments Off on Beauty and the Beast

That’s how I think of them. Uma, with her demure eyes, lush growth of fur framing her face, and her graceful body.  Scrappy, with his funny-looking teeth, gangly build (all knees and elbows) and… other peculiarities… But they’re a team, and they both celebrated birthdays last week: she was born September 5, 1985, and Scrappy’s…

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Day of Caring 2012

By International Primate Protection League / September 7, 2012 / Comments Off on Day of Caring 2012

Every year around this time we welcome a host of community volunteers to the sanctuary to help with a variety of back-burner tasks that we never seem to get around to and take advantage of the (marginally) cooler fall weather to do a bit of planting. It’s all part of the Day of Caring, an…

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Remembering Hurricane Hugo

By Shirley / August 30, 2012 / Comments Off on Remembering Hurricane Hugo

Now is the peak of the hurricane season. Hurricane Isaac, a Category 1 storm with winds around 70 miles per hour, struck Louisiana this week. This brought back memories of IPPL Headquarters being slammed by Hurricane Hugo, a Category 4 storm with steady winds of 135 miles per hour and gusts of up to 175…

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Meet Blair, our summer intern

By International Primate Protection League / July 13, 2012 / Comments Off on Meet Blair, our summer intern

How do you get an internship at IPPL’s gibbon sanctuary? By being talented, persevering, and dedicated to animals—just like Blair St. Ledger-Olson, who is staying here several weeks this summer and is working on a project for her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at Hollins University, in Roanoke, Virginia. Maybe having studied the rare Peaks…

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Igor’s 25th anniversary at IPPL

By International Primate Protection League / June 26, 2012 /

Twenty-five years ago today, Igor was released from the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates and allowed to retire to IPPL. He had spent 21 years at LEMSIP and, before that, five years at a drug company. Igor was wild-born, probably in the rainforests of Thailand, so we will never be able to…

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Gibbon conference is a first!

By International Primate Protection League / June 15, 2012 /

1. How can you get a gibbon to take his medicine? 2. What do you do with twin baby gibbons? 3. What’s the connection between palm oil and gibbons?  These are just a few of the questions we asked and answered at the conference that IPPL Executive Director Shirley McGreal and I attended last week.…

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Guest post by a “half woman, half gibbon” from Oz

By International Primate Protection League / December 21, 2011 / Comments Off on Guest post by a “half woman, half gibbon” from Oz

My name is Sophie Miller, and I am a zookeeper from Australia—also known as “Oz”! [field name=flickr-slideshow-sophie-miller]  I work mainly with a variety of primates, but gibbons have a special place in my heart. I have a bumper sticker that reads “half woman, half gibbon,” and it definitely suits me! My fellow Australian primate keepers…

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Cheers to our “Day of Caring” volunteers!

By International Primate Protection League / September 9, 2011 / Comments Off on Cheers to our “Day of Caring” volunteers!

  Today was Trident United Way’s annual Day of Caring. It was also our seventh year participating in this wonderful community-wide volunteer blitz. (And this time we even made the news!) Each year around the time of the 9/11 attacks, our tri-county area has marked the anniversary with a massive, coordinated volunteer drive. This year,…

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Escape from a cancer lab: Arun Rangsi’s story

By International Primate Protection League / August 9, 2011 / Comments Off on Escape from a cancer lab: Arun Rangsi’s story

Maybe you’ve seen those heartbreaking photos of tiny monkey babies being raised in a lab, clinging desperately to a wire “mother.” Such cruel old experiments confirmed that all primates—human and nonhuman alike—need love and affection to grow up normally. Sadly, that was how our own Arun Rangsi spent his early life. Born in a cancer…

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