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World Orangutan Day!

To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day has been set for August 19th, EVERY YEAR! This event is to help encourage the public to take action in preserving this amazing species. From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan is considered to have declined by more than 50%. […]


Six Rangers Killed in DR Congo’s Virunga Gorilla Reserve

Six national park rangers have been killed and two have been wounded in fresh violence in Africa’s oldest national park. The park is home to rare mountain gorillas. At least six rangers were ambushed and killed by armed men in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Sunday. Famous for its mountain gorillas, […]

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Farewell Cathy

Cathy was born in March of 2000. In 2007 she and her parents, Erin and Ziggy, arrived from a sanctuary in Texas. Cathy lived with her parents for five more years, but in 2012 it became clear that Cathy was ready to move on so we moved her to a gibbon house next to handsome […]


The Fall Issue of IPPL News Available NOW!

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Goodbye to Our Dear Tong

We have some very sad news to share with you. Our dear Tong Gibbon died on September 29, 2020 at the age of 50. As a baby, Tong was purchased at a market in Cambodia by a man working for Air America, a CIA operation which flew planes on bombing missions over Laos and Cambodia. […]

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The June issue of IPPL News is online now!

IPPL’s latest issue of IPPL News is now available on our website. There are many interesting articles including some from our overseas partners telling us how they are surviving during COVID-19. With income seriously curtailed, we hope our readers will want to help by making a donation which will be shared equally among the organizations. […]

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IPPL News – Sneak Peek #1 Sanctuary for “Tailed Monkeys” Established in Democratic Republic of Congo

Adams Cassinga founded Conserv Congo with the mission of providing a “non-discriminatory” sanctuary for any primate species except great apes, for whom other sanctuaries exist. Read about the obstacles he faces and his vision of the future on page 3 of our June newsletter.

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Sneak Peek #2: Life in China Studying the Forgotten Apes

Carolyn Thompson takes readers on a journey as she studies three of the rarest gibbon species: the newly described Skywalker Hoolock gibbon, the Hainan gibbon, and the Cao vit gibbon. Immersing herself into village life, she describes testing her culinary palette and being reported as a terrorist on the China-Myanmar border. See page 6 of […]



In 1990, IPPL held its first supporters’ meeting in Summerville, SC. From that year forward these meetings have been held every two years. The speakers have included our overseas partners as well as others dedicated to protecting primates around the world. The 2020 IPPL Supporter’s Meeting was scheduled for March 27-29. There was an impressive […]


Shirley McGreal, founder of IPPL, receives Elizabeth Bradham Humanitarian Award

January 26, 2020 the Charleston Animal Society celebrated 146 years of preventing cruelty to animals at Blackbaud World Headquarters in North Charleston. Before hundreds of supporters, including IPPL staff and friends, the Animal Society presented two significant awards. The Community Ambassador Award went to Blackbaud, Inc. The Elizabeth Bradham Humanitarian Award was given to Dr. […]

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December issue of IPPL News Online Now!

The December issue of IPPL News is online now! IPPL’s holiday issue of IPPL News is now available on our website. Read about our newest gibbon, Gideon, our new Sanctuary Manager of Animal Care and Grounds, the devastating fires in Bolivia and much more! CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWSLETTER

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Remembering Blackie

Today we would like to remember a very special gibbon named Blackie. Blackie began his life in the jungles of Thailand where he was caught and sold to a wildlife dealer when he was just a baby. Shortly after this traumatic experience he was sold to a lab in the northern United States before being […]



Gideon Saturday, November 26 was a special day for the IPPL sanctuary! We traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to pick up a special gibbon named Gideon. He traveled by plane from a zoo in the Midwest where he had spent all of his 24 years. Gideon immediately made friends with his human chauffeurs and had quite […]

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The results are in and because of many of you –  IPPL received almost $5,000 during Giving Day for Apes! Raising much needed funds to care for our delightful gibbons is ongoing. We know we can always count on our supporters and, once again, you came through. Today, we think that our gibbons might just […]

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Giving Day for Apes 2019

You are invited to be part of Giving Day for Apes! Love gibbons? Then we hope you will join the festivities.  Please mark your calendars for October 15, 2019.  What is Giving Day for Apes? Good question. It’s not just any day or any campaign. While IPPL supporters know that every day is a great […]

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Global Advocacy Update One of the most important meetings about protections for primates and other wildlife is current underway in Geneva, Switzerland: the 18th Conference of the Parties for the Convention International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES. Here’s a round up of some highlights from the conference so far. IPPL Delegation IPPL is well represented […]

We hope you have a happy and safe July 4th and enjoy it as much as gibbons enjoy their _cookout_

Independence Day at IPPL

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LCRP saving chimps update

Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection saving orphaned chimps In the IPPL March Newsletter, there is a story about an organization doing remarkable work in West Africa caring for and saving orphaned chimps. Jim and Jenny Desmond, the founders of Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue Protection (LCRP), were hired to care for 66 chimpanzees in Libera. The chimpanzees […]


Summer Time in Summerville

Happy first day of summer from the gibbons and otters at IPPL. (Happy first day of winter to our friends at J.A.C.K., and the rest of the southern hemisphere.) It seemed very appropriate that we had this beautiful rainbow over Primate Lane to start off the summer. Some people say that the first day of […]

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Sanctuary Caregiver Appreciation Day

We are lucky to have a fabulous team of caregivers here at IPPL! Today is animal sanctuary caregiver day, which gives us a chance to give them a special shout out. We know the gibbons the otters appreciate all the hard work and TLC, too. Happy #SanctuaryCaregiverDay to all the amazing people out there who […]


A Loris Named Shirley

We all know that Dr. Shirely McGreal has been working for over 45 years to preserve and protect primates. She also created a sanctuary for gibbons, the smallest of all the apes, in Summerville, SC. But are you aware there is another Shirley who lives in the forests of Java? It’s true – but there is […]

IPPL is commemorating World Environment Day

World Environment Day

IPPL is recognizing World Environment Day today, June 5, 2019. Part of protecting primates is protecting the planet. Whether that means protecting habitat at the IPPL sanctuary or supporting programs across the globe, environmentally-friendly practices are part of what we do. To commemorate @WorldEnvironmentDay, IPPL is highlighting the good work of organizations funded by our […]


IPPL’s Featured Gibbon Paen

Meet Paen   In the March Newsletter, IPPL’s Featured Gibbon was Paen. One of IPPL’s most lovable gibbons, Paen was born in a zoo in Little Rock, AR on October 20, 1985.  She lived in a few zoos while growing up including the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park with other members of her family.  […]

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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 […]