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International Primate Day!

INTERNATIONAL PRIMATE DAY! International Primate Day, September 1, is an annual educational observance event organized since 2005 largely by British-based Animal Defenders International (DI) and supported annually by various primate-orientated advocacy organizations around the world. Since 1973 IPPL has been actively engaged protecting and saving primates. These efforts include maintaining our gibbon sanctuary in Summerville,…


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%.…


World Chimpanzee Day!

Today we celebrate these remarkable beings and raise awareness about the vital need for worldwide participation in their welfare, protection, and conservation. July 14, 1960, was the day Dr. Jane Goodall first stepped foot in what is now Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, to study wild chimpanzees. She began to call attention to the remarkable…

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An Unexpected Goodbye to Our Friend Blue

We have some very sad news to share with you. Blue, our beautiful Newfoundland, died unexpectedly after a swift and traumatic attack of bloat in June 12, 2021. He was rushed to a specialty clinic, but there was nothing that could be done. Blue had recently turned seven. Since Blue’s arrival at IPPL in August…


The spring issue of IPPL News is now online!

There are many interesting articles including “My Years at IPPL” by Dr. John Ohlandt, who has cared for our gibbons for many years, the amazing rescue of 25 monkeys by our Global Partner, J.A.C.K., special thanks from some of the recipients of our 2020 Small Grants and a special article on IPPL’s Gibby who turned…

Gibby has such a kind soul

Happy 62nd Birthday Gibby!

Today is a very special day at IPPL as we celebrate Gibby’s 62nd Birthday! Taken from his mother as a baby, he was sold to a research lab where, for years, he lived in a tiny cage and was the victim of daily, cruel locomotion experiments. In 2003 he was sent to a sanctuary where…


IPPL Limited Edition Shirts Available FROM March 1-7!

THIS WEEK ONLY! IPPL is happy to announce that we’ve partnered with FLOAT to bring you IPPL custom tees, tanks, and hoodies. For every shirt, sold FLOAT will donate $8 to IPPL to help us continue to maintain our gibbon sanctuary, protect primates around the world and support our overseas partners. There are lots of…

Our gibbons would like to be your Valentine!

Please  help our gibbons celebrate Valentine’s Day, by making a special gift for their care. Before coming to our sanctuary, our gibbons lived in research labs, zoos, animal parks, or were kept as pets. Being at IPPL has been a life-changing experience for all of them.  They have spacious outdoor enclosures, hurricane proof houses with…


Farewell Elizabeth | Jan 20, 2021

Elizabeth was born at a tourist attraction in Florida in June 1984. Her gibbon family was living on an island in the Silver River and jungle cruise boats would pass by daily. One day, a cruise boat guide noticed a baby gibbon being neglected. Staff removed her from the island and, for a time, staff…


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,…




Farewell Gus | December 7, 2020

When Gus arrived at IPPL in 2007, we didn’t know much about his history. All the information we received was that he had been raised as a pet before he was given to a sanctuary in Texas in 1990. Once at IPPL, Gus quickly became one of our most impressive gibbons. He was a strapping…


Thank you for making Giving Tuesday a Great Success!

There aren’t enough words to express how much we appreciate the love and support that individuals like you show us time and time again. Even with everything that has happened over the past year, our donors continue to be more generous than we could ever imagine. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for…



Today is Giving Tuesday  –  a day dedicated to making a difference for non-profits around the world. This year, more than ever, IPPL is asking for your help to continue to provide the best of care for 32 charismatic gibbons. Please help us reach our goal of $12,000 before midnight. YOU can make the difference…

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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.…