Our Gibbon Sanctuary

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IPPL not only helps primates in need around the world, but also maintains a Gibbon Sanctuary in Summerville, South Carolina, where dozens of the smallest of the apes reside.

A fun introduction to IPPL by Marc Ellis, who visited our sanctuary in July 2011.

A typical summer day at the IPPL sanctuary, by Marc Ellis.


Sounds of the Gibbons


Over the years, thousands of caring supporters around the world, have enabled us to rescue dozens of abused and neglected gibbons from a variety of unfortunate, sometimes horrific, backgrounds. Our gibbons were retired from zoos, part of roadside attractions, former pets, or they spent years as subjects in research labs. Without the generous support of our compassionate donors, many of these animals would have been condemned to a life of misery, or even an unnecessary and premature death. Instead, our gibbons enjoy some of the best conditions in captivity, with a variety of fresh food, indoor enclosures equipped with heat air conditioning and TV’s, spacious outdoor enclosures, enrichment, and lots of loving care. As a result, we’re proud that some of our gibbons have lived to be well over 50 years of age! Please note that IPPL is a sanctuary, dedicated to the comfort and safety of our gibbons. Therefore, we are not open to the public.  

Gibbons currently living at our sanctuary:

Males: 21
Females: 13
Total: 34

All but one of the IPPL gibbons belong to the white-handed gibbon species, Hylobates lar. Both sexes of white-handed gibbons can be either light-colored (ranging from blonde to honey-brown) or black. All have white face rings and white hands and feet. We also have one female yellow-cheeked crested gibbon, Nomascus gabriellae; adult males of this species are black, while the females (like Tong here at IPPL) are various shades of gold or beige with a little black cap.

Name Paired with
1. Ahimsa Elizabeth
2. Blackie Chloe
3. Cathy Michael
4. Chloe Blackie
5. Courtney Whoop-Whoop
6. Dianne Robbie
7. Donny N/A
8. Elsa Nicholas
9. Elizabeth Ahimsa
10. Erin Ziggy
11. Gary N/A
12. Gibby Tong
13. Gus N/A
14. Jade Palu-Palu
15. Louie-Louie N/A
16. Maui N/A
17. Maynard N/A
18. Mia N/A
19. Michael Cathy
20. Nicholas Elsa
21. Paen N/A
22. Palu-Palu Jade
23. Peppy N/A
24. Robbie Dianne
25. Scrappy N/A
26. Shanti N/A
27. Snowy N/A
28. Spanky N/A
29. Speedy N/A
30. Thai N/A
31. Tong Gibby
32. Val N/A
33. Whoop-Whoop Courtney
34. Ziggy Erin

 

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