Pam Mendosa, Chairwoman
Pam Mendosa is a nursing graduate from Jefferson State in Alabama. Her nursing career included work as an ER nurse at Waynesboro Virginia Community Hospital, and then at the University of Virginia. During her 20 years at the university, Pam was a research nurse, research coordinator and the administrative director at the Diabetes Technology Center where she did research and wrote protocols.
As a retired nurse and wildlife rehabber in Virginia for 18 years, Pam first began volunteering at C.A.R.E. Baboon Sanctuary – for a month-long “vacation” in 2011. This began her love of Africa and non-human primates, that has included volunteer stays in Kenya, Cameroon, and South Africa. Stays ranging from a month to over a year, included being a surrogate mother, chopping vegetables, scrubbing cages, writing release protocols, organizing a clinic, overseeing rebuilds of a compound, and of course enjoying the beauty and wonder of Africa! Pam even returned to help rebuild CA.R.E. after the tragic fire claimed the life of its founder, Rita Miljo.
Pam’s has been a member of IPPL since 2012 when she attended the first of three of IPPL’s biennial meetings. During these three-day events, Pam was a presenter and shared her experiences as a volunteer at Ape Action Africa, Colobus Conservation and C.A.R.E.
Shirley McGreal, Founder and Chairwoman Emeritus
A global citizen, Dr. Shirley McGreal was born and raised in England but received her doctorate in India. She lived in Thailand, France, and various parts of United States (Illinois and Ohio) before settling in South Carolina at the gibbon sanctuary she established in 1977. Originally planning on a career as a college teacher, Shirley was unexpectedly drawn into a more adventurous life. Read more about her heroic efforts to help primates for decades. https://www.ippl.org/gibbon/about-us/dr-shirley-mcgreal-founder/
Sian Evans, Co-treasurer
Dr. Sian Evans was born in the United Kingdom. She also received her Ph.D. from the University of Wales in 1981. Dr. Evans interest in primatology started when she met Porky, the alpha male in a group of pigtail monkeys, at the London Zoo and studied the social dynamics of his group. During her career, Dr. Evans has been the managing director of the DuMond Conservancy for Primates and Tropical Forests in Miami, travels to Colombia to lecture Colombian students in enforcing international laws in trade of primates, was the founding vice president for education for the International Primatological Society, and was awarded the Presidential Medal from the American Society of Primatologists.
Dr. Evans now lives on a horse ranch in Miami with her retired veterinarian husband, Dr. Robert Cooper, and she herself teaches in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Honors College at Florida International University. They have a daughter: Seren, who was a “Teach for America” chemistry teacher at North Miami Beach Senior High and now is now teaching at Southridge High School. Their son Evan, a former US Marine, was a student at Lynn University when he unexpectedly died several years ago. Sian misses him every single day.
Alison Harvey, Co-treasurer
Alison Harvey grew up with two family dogs and a cat. She preferred spending time with her companion animals over her human friends. She thought she might become a veterinarian, but her life took a different path. Instead, Alison became a professional musician. She is a classical violinist and currently serves as Assistant Concert Master of the Summerville Orchestra.
Alison spent three years in Fairbanks, Alaska during the 1980s and fought the aerial hunting of wolves and for harsher penalties for wildlife poaching.
Alison is an independent, volunteer animal rescuer who has worked with no-kill animal rescue organizations in North and South Carolina, Florida, and Maryland over the last thirty-three years. While she directed Berkeley Chapter SPCA, she also volunteered at IPPL, helping with bulk mailings, and feeding the gibbons and otters. She successfully helped hand-raise three orphaned otters, Jerry, Chunky and Gloria when their mother died shortly after their birth. Eventually, Alison was needed as a full-time IPPL employee to help manage the office. She has known Shirley McGreal since 1986.
Alison and Dane, her husband of thirty-six years, live in an historic home in Summerville, built in 1862. Their property is primarily wooded. They have They have two rescue dogs, Rafe, a wolf-hybrid and Takoda, a white shepherd mix, and six cats. Their older daughter Chelsea is an environmental science and health reporter for E&E News. Her younger daughter Jocelyn has a degree in wildlife science and works at a veterinary hospital.
Lynne R. Baker
Dr. Baker has a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include the human dimensions of conservation, human-wildlife interactions, biocultural diversity (e.g sacred species), primate ecology and conservation, and sustainable development. She has conservation experience in Southeast Asia and West Africa.
To date, most of Dr. Baker’s work has focused on an Endangered primate, Sclater’s monkey (Cercopithecus sclateri), which is endemic to the human-dense region of southeastern Nigeria. Other work involves investigating human-wildlife interactions and conflict between hippopotamus populations and local communities in Nigeria.
Dr. Baker is a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group (PSG), the PSG Section for Human-Primate Interactions, and the IUCN Hippo Specialist Group. She has experience working with primate rescue and conservation centers in Nigeria and Vietnam. Previously a faculty member in Environmental Science at Baylor University in Texas and the American University of Nigeria in northeastern Nigeria, Dr. Baker is currently a Senior Research Associate with the Rome-based Institute for Development, Ecology, Conservation, and Cooperation.
Lois K. Lippold
Lois K. Lippold obtained her PhD degree in anthropology and biology from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She was then appointed professor at San Diego State where she spent 35 years teaching and was awarded several “Most influential Professor Awards”. During one of her class field trips to the San Diego Zoo, she discovered a group of Douc Langurs. It was “love at first sight” and she began long term studies of douc reproduction and aspects of mother, father, and infant behavior at the zoo.
Sensing that the Vietnam War was coming to a close, Lippold travelled to Vietnam in 1974 to learn whether the endangered douc had survived the war. She conducted the first field study of doucs at what is now Son Tra Nature Reserve. Missiles ended her field work after a few months. Upon return from Vietnam, Lois spent countless nights sleeping at the San Diego Zoo to observe and establish douc birth behavior. During this time, she also mapped douc hormone profiles which resulted in discovering the douc estrus cycle and gestation length.
After retiring from San Diego State in 2003, Lippold founded the Douc Langur Foundation with the mission “To protect the Douc Langur and their wild habitat to ensure that they will survive in their home range for future generations.” She has returned to Son Tra Nature Reserve and DLF and has concentrated on scientific field studies and conservation activities focused on sustaining the endangered Douc Langur populations. Lippold’s activities have expanded to include long term gibbon research and protection at Chu Mom Ray National supported primarily by IPPL, Great Ape Conservation, US Fish and Wildlife, Conservation International, Save Our Species, San Diego Zoo and Primate Conservation, Inc.
Dr. Lippold has been appointed to the International Union of Conservation of Nature/ Species Survival Commission and the Primate Specialists Group as an expert in Douc Langurs and Gibbons. At the same time she is responsible for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Douc Studbook which documents the pedigree and entire demography of the douc. She lives in Southern California with her family.
Deborah Misotti , a member of IPPL for more than 40 years, has been working with primates for almost thirty years. Debbie, along with her husband, Tom, created The Talkin’ Monkeys Project primate sanctuary with an emphasis on education of the next generation of conservationists. The Talkin’ Monkeys Project was created in 1999, with guidance over the years from Shirley McGreal.
This entity has become affiliated with many colleges and universities around the world as a community partner. Debbie’s experience as VP of the Hendry County Leadership Council led to her creation of a Youth Leadership program established through the sanctuary for this County. Several Florida counties have replicated this program as a strong legacy combining Volunteering and Service Learning.
These programs have led to the sanctuary sending many of its volunteers as Interns to sanctuaries and educational opportunities around the world. Her students have come from Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Florida, University of Maryland, Duke University and University of Southern California, to name a few here in the USA. International students have come from Oxford Brooks University, University of Glasgow, University of St Andrews in the UK, Lund University in Sweden, Australian National University, and Seoul University, South Korea. Students have attended the IPPL Conferences as her guests. These meetings and the educational sanctuary concept have inspired many of her students to pursue careers as primatologists, researchers, environmental educators, and many other varied careers around the globe.
Ian Redmond OBE
Renowned for his 40-year career studying and striving to protect gorillas and elephants, Ian describes himself as a naturalist by birth, a biologist by training, and a conservationist by necessity. His work has ranged from undercover investigation of wildlife traffickers to helping local conservationists during Africa’s civil wars to consulting on more than 100 documentaries for BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and others. He studied gorillas with Dian Fossey, later assisting Sigourney Weaver when she portrayed Fossey in “Gorillas in the Mist.” Ian works from his office in Stroud, England, consulting to the UN Great Apes Survival Partnership (which he co-founded) and Born Free Foundation, which supports his work as chair of Ape Alliance, chair of the Species Survival Network Primate Working Group, and ambassador for the UN Convention on Migratory Species. He consults to field projects such as Limbe (Cameroon) Wildlife Center, an IPPL partner, and he chairs The Gorilla Organization. His ninth book is The Primate Family Tree: The Amazing Diversity of Our Closest Relatives. Ian is currently using virtual reality and other technologies to make conservation education more widely available.
All board members are independent voting members.
IPPL Field Representatives
Wherever primates can be found, our Field Representatives work to create and preserve national parks and sanctuaries, promote bans on primate hunting and trapping, and help combat local and international primate trade. IPPL currently has 12 Field Representatives in 10 countries.
- S. Theodore Baskaran (South India)
- Vijay Bhatia (North India)
- Olga Feliu, DVM (Spain)
- Dr. Ranjen Fernando (Sri Lanka)
- Evelyn Gallardo (Costa Rica)
- Dr. Gustavo Gandini (Italy)
- Martha Gutierrez (Argentina)
- Milka Knezevic-Ivaskovic (Serbia)
- Louis Ng (Singapore)
- Josef Schmuck (Austria)
- Jean Senogles (South Africa)
- Hilko Wiersema (Netherlands)
IPPL Advisory Board
Our advisors include experts from the fields of zoology, anthropology, medicine, biology, veterinary medicine, and psychology. IPPL’s Advisory Board currently consists of 10 members.
- Dr. James Alcock
- Dr. Frances Burton
- Dr. Jane Goodall
- Rosalind Hanson-Alp
- J. Mangalraj Johnson
- Ann Koros
- Dr. Iqbal Malik
- Heather McGiffin
- Dr. William McGrew
- Dr. Vernon Reynolds
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