While living in Thailand in the 70’s, Dr. McGreal rescued four gibbons who were being kept as pets. She brought them to Summerville, SC and established IPPL’s Gibbon Sanctuary.

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Over the years, thousands of caring supporters around the world have enabled us to continue to rescue dozens of abused and neglected gibbons from a variety of unfortunate, sometimes horrific, backgrounds. Our gibbons have been retired from zoos, were part of roadside attractions, former pets, or they spent years, even decades as subjects in research laboratories.

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 plenty of loving care.

As a result, we’re happy to say that some of our gibbons have reached the age of 60 and Gibby, who was wild-caught and then spent decades in research, turned 62 in March 2021!

GIBBONS CURRENTLY LIVING AT OUR SANCTUARY

All of  IPPL’s 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.

Name Companion
Ahimsacurrently single
ChloeGary
CourtneyWhoop-Whoop
DianneRobbie
Donnycurrently single
ElsaNicholas
ErinZiggy
GaryChloe
Gibbycurrently single
Gideoncurrently single
JadePalu-Palu
Louie-Louiecurrently single
Mauicurrently single
Maynardcurrently single
MiaPeppy
Michaelcurrently single
Nicholascurrently single
PaenScrappy
Palu-PaluJade
PeppyMia
RobbieDianne
ScrappyPaen
Shanticurrently single
Snowycurrently single
Spankycurrently single
Speedycurrently single
Thaicurrently single
Valcurrently single
Whoop-WhoopCourtney
ZiggyErin

Meet other IPPL residents: Snow, our Great Pyrenees and our Otters

*Please note that IPPL is a sanctuary, dedicated to the comfort and safety of our gibbons. Therefore, we are not open to the public.