IPPL Spotlight

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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Celebrating Monkey Day 2013

By International Primate Protection League / December 16, 2013 / Comments Off on Celebrating Monkey Day 2013

This past Saturday, December 14, was International Monkey Day, and in honor of IPPL’s 40th anniversary year we decided to monkey around with a FUNdraiser we called “Painting for Primates.”   It took place at the nearby West Ashley Wine and Design studio, which often sponsors “Paint it Forward” events for local charities.   We…

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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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Remembering Project Bangkok Airport

By Shirley / July 26, 2013 /

Last week I told you about the collection of primate postage stamps recently donated to IPPL by our late member David Rand of Berkeley, California. That got me thinking about the time when I initially met David, a man who had a passion for primates and travel, as I did. It was when I was…

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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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Remembering Dian Fossey’s grave site

By Shirley / November 9, 2012 / Comments Off on Remembering Dian Fossey’s grave site

Last month I had a wonderful visit from Lori Powell of nearby Seabrook Island and her sister LuAnn Short, who was visiting from Florida. LuAnn was keen to visit IPPL as she knew I had been a friend of her heroine, the famous gorilla expert Dian Fossey. In 2008 LuAnn had even visited Dian’s former…

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Remembering teaming up with “Chief”

By Shirley / October 12, 2012 / Comments Off on Remembering teaming up with “Chief”

I had a real surprise earlier this week when a package from Malaysia arrived in IPPL’s mail. It was a book I knew I’d never be able to read: a newly-published guide to Malaysia’s mammals—written in Bahasa Malaysia. However, I have been enjoying the photos of all the animals, especially the primates. But what made…

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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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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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