Success Stories

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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WikiLeaks confirms IPPL’s role in India’s monkey export ban

By Shirley / August 1, 2014 / Comments Off on WikiLeaks confirms IPPL’s role in India’s monkey export ban

An IPPL member recently drew my attention to information about primates on WikiLeaks. In searching the files, I found mainly State Department cables about U.S. primate procurement efforts. Interestingly, I came across this cable dated December 2, 1977, showing that the State Department blamed IPPL for India’s historic ban on the export of its native…

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Peppy and the gibbons who got away

By Shirley / January 24, 2014 /

Our gibbon Peppy, who celebrated his 35th birthday yesterday, was born at a cancer lab at the University of California at Davis in 1979. The laboratory used gibbons in painful and usually fatal viral cancer experiments.   But Peppy was “The Gibbon Who Got Away.” The virus they gave him didn’t make him sick.  …

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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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A legal victory for night monkeys

By International Primate Protection League / July 18, 2012 /

Angela Maldonado deserves to be known as “Our Angel of the Night Monkeys.” Last year she filed charges against the most powerful scientist in Colombia. This year she won. On July 5, the Administrative Court of Cundinamarca in Colombia revoked the permits of noted malaria researcher Dr. Manuel Elkin Patarroyo. (His lab has benefitted greatly…

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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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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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