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International Primate Protection League

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Protecting the world's remaining primates by monitoring and exposing illegal trade, supporting a worldwide network of overseas sanctuaries and ngo's, publicising the plight of abused primates, and operating a sanctuary for rescued gibbons.

Geographic areas served: World

Programs: Provides grants to a worldwide network of organizations and individuals working to protect primates in countries where they are native. This includes work to monitor and expose illegal trafficking and bring smugglers to justice, support for overseas sanctuaries caring for rescued primates, and work to protect primates in the wild (such as collecting data on wild populations, creation of reserves and educational outreach).

action alerts, newsletters and other educational reports to alert and educate the public on the issues of primates; illegal trafficking of primates; and primate protection.

maintenance of a facility dedicated to the care and the rehabilitation of gibbons released from research facilities, pet situations and substandard captive situations, including building construction, repairs and animal caretakers.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

IPPL does amazing work for primates all around the world, and with such a small and dedicated staff!!! Dr. Shirley McGreal is amazing resource, herself -- a wealth of information on the dark history and present-day workings of the international primate trade -- and IPPL has documented this history in its many publications over the years.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have supported IPPL for so many years, I can't even remember where I first heard about them!
Over the years I've read all of IPPL's news publications including both heart-breaking stories of the abuse of primates and inspiring reports of how IPPL funding has enabled numerous organisations to rescue, rehabilitate, repatriate, care for primates as well as raise awareness and educate about primates. Shirley McGreal is an amazing lady whom I was honoured to get the opportunity to meet a few years ago and as a result, decided to attend my first IPPL biannual supporters meeting in 2014, and again in 2016, having been invited to give a presentation about the trip to Rwanda to trek to see the mountain gorillas that my partner and I had taken the previous year. It was wonderful to attend the meeting again and share our experience with everyone at the meeting and most of all to get the chance to visit the beautiful gibbons at the sanctuary again.
Without Shirley and IPPL, I don't know how many of these gibbons would still be suffering or even alive, but with the fantastic care provided by IPPL's Animal Care Givers, at least these now have the sanctuary to live out the rest of their lives in peace after the torment they have suffered previously. Yes, they shouldn't be in captivity at all but it is only down to human cruelty, greed, and ignorance that they were treated in such ways and are here today, rescued from continued abuse or death. I wish the world were different but as long as we have to fight this abuse, I thank Shirley and the IPPL, and others like them, for being there and doing all that they do! Thankyou IPPL!!

Carl23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The world would be such a much better place if there were more places like IPPL. The love and caring that they give for the Gibbons and other primates all around the world is unprecedented, check them out. I have personally had the privilege to visit and volunteer at IPPL's headquarters in Summerville South Carolina and meet many of the 35+ Gibbons that they have. It's unbelievable. The cleanup after hurricane Matthew has been a tremendous undertaking. Please consider them and give any support that you can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IPPL has been open to partnering with the College of Charleston's Honors College students for many years. I have been there several times with students and am always overwhelmed by the love, care and support given there for the gibbons. Dr. McGreal has devoted her life's work to giving the gibbons who were rescued from zoos and research labs, often sick, an ideal place to live out their remaining years. They are kept in beautiful, large enclosures with runs throughout the property so they have lots of room to exercise and explore. They receive the best food a gibbon can eat and receive wonderful health care. We love volunteering at the IPPL because everything about it is of the highest caliber. Dr. McGreal deserves her MBE.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IPPL anad all their staff work diligently to not only care for the nearly 40 rescued gibbons at the sanctuary, but also to advocate for non human primates all over the world. I have learned so much about the need for primate protection and habitat protection as well as how primates are trafficked or exploited. Shirley and her team are lifelong advocates for these little gibbons and I love visiting them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For years as I was volunteering around the US and Africa at primate sanctuaries, and talking to people in the animal protection world, trying to learn more about HOW to protect them....when I had questions, everyone said "Contact Shirley McGreal." When I was AT sanctuaries, they talked about what a hero Shirley and IPPL were, and how they saved the day at critical times. At one place, I painted the signs on a building that had been financed by IPPL after a tragic fire destroyed the previous one.

Then I decided one time I had better go meet this hero Shirley and see IPPL in person. So I went, and have been in close contact ever since. Shirley is an unparalleled wealth of information, and shares it generously and enthusiastically. Her efforts have been responsible for saving the lives of tens of thousands of primates. She and her staff are dedicated - 7 days a week, running a very fine sanctuary for dozens of rare gibbons - and spending every single day advocating for all primates around the world. I volunteered there for a short time. The staff, volunteers and supporters are terrific, and I saw impressive work ethic, commitment and best practices from the staff especially. They are hospitable and generous as well. I observed local community neighbors complimenting IPPL on their facility and even how much they ENJOYED being near the sanctuary and hearing the lovely songs of the gibbons.

I saw Shirley and team at the national Animal Rights conference, educating attendees about gibbons and all the sanctuaries that need helping. I am not sure that there is any other sanctuary which also has such a successful outreach supporting so many other sanctuaries around the world as well as individuals who are on the front lines of fighting for primates.

Shirley and IPPL hold a bi-annual conference, which takes a lot of organizing and commitment, but is vital and wonderful in its knowledge-sharing and cross-pollinating of people, practices and ideas. They were kind enough to include me in this year's event as a speaker on behalf of one of the sanctuaries in Africa they support.

Bravo for IPPL and for Shirley McGreal!!

Donna271

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was hired by IPPL to care for a baby Gibbon (Courtney) when she was only a month old and very fragile. As a former Pediatric RN, I can attest to the excellent care she was given. No expense was spared in order to provide for this sweet baby. I worked there for almost 4 years and was able to closely observe the entire operation of the sanctuary and the IPPL organization. I highly recommend IPPL as a great nonprofit. If you love animals, this organization is very deserving of your support.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of IPPL for many years now and have tremendous respect for the work Dr. Shirley McGreal and her devoted staff do on behalf of Gibbons. Many of these gibbons suffered physically and emotionally have been subjected to all sorts of laboratory tests in the U.S. Dr. McGreal has also worked tirelessly to stop of the trafficking of wild gibbons and other primates. IPPL also holds annual conferences to help educate people about the role gibbons play in our world and the importance of preserving and protecting them. They are simply an outstanding organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Recently I wrote a book about gibbons (Gibbons: the Invisible Apes), and this nonprofit organization figured prominently in the chapters relating to how we can save the different endangered species of these little apes. They do fantastic work that is recognized worldwide. The IPPL is one of the most positive forces in making people aware of gibbons (almost every wildlife organization ignores them), and in rescuing individual gibbons.

Donor

Rating: 5

IPPL is a wonderful organization devoted to the care of their gibbons.

John418

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of being involved with IPPL for a few years now, and I'm continually touched by the great work they do. The IPPL team provides top notch care to gibbons in need of rescue while also doing an excellent job of outreach and education to further the cause on a more global scale. I have seen the facilities and seen how the funding goes to work, and it is clear that the staff cares too much about the mission to let any money go to waste. The group also does a great job with social media and press to help show the work they are doing and that makes a donor feel great. I can't say enough good things about IPPL and I encourage you to take a closer look.

caoneil

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a contributor to the IPPL for 20 years. It is run by founder Shirley McGreal who has an ardent love of gibbons and dedicated her life to establishing a unique sanctuary for just gibbons. It is a wonderful place where each gibbon has a well-cared-for life. But her sanctuary is not her only goal....Shirley is busy full-time looking at all primate issues worldwide: supporting many sanctuaries in the Far East and Africa via direct contribution solicitations and by exposing atrocities in illegal trade and smuggling, asking all IPPL supporters to be earnest letter writers and petition signers. The sanctuary is always in need of money for keep-up of established buildings housing the gibbons, and for new buildings so that more gibbons can be accepted. Hurricanes can take a huge toll, like recent Matthew. And of course, veterinary care is expensive. The sanctuary is not a zoo. People may visit at times with specific permission.

Michael153

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Dr. Shirley McGreal, founder, and the excellent staff of the International Primate Protection League for over two decades. They are the most effective organization in the entire animal protection movement for dealing with the international trade in non-human primates, whether they are sold to zoos, labs, or into private ownership. From insuring the prosecution of illegal dealers, to funding sanctuaries around the world, to educating the entire world about the abuse of primates -- the International Primate Protection League has no equal. They are THE source for useful information on the international trade in primates. In addition to their other monumental tasks they also operate a sanctuary for gibbons that provides the absolute best care for several dozen of these gentle apes. I never miss an opportunity to visit the sanctuary because it reminds me of what I am fighting for in my own work for animals. In short, I cannot recommend this organization more highly. Happy 40th Anniversary IPPL!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been acquainted with IPPL now for over twenty years and respect their diligence, work, and philanthropy to other groups working for the same goal - to save the primates of the world. If we need to know who to contact, find out about a specific primate species, or about the primate scene globally, Shirley McGreal, their director, is the first person that we contact as she will have an answer. IPPL truly lives up to their name "primate protection." Besides being a champion for the primates of the world, IPPL also operates a top-notch gibbon sanctuary. Here's to IPPL - Happy 40th Anniversary and to many more to come!

Donor

Rating: 5

My grandmother lived with and wrote books about primates. She first introduced me to the IPPL over 20 years ago when she was a donor. I have been a donor for many years and am consistently impressed with the work IPPL does on behalf of abused primates both in the U.S. and abroad. Its magazine not only tells about work in the field, it provides explicit opportunities to effect change including detailed descriptions of what can be changed and the names and addresses of those to be contacted about the issue. Sometimes it even includes pre-addressed post cards! I have learned so much about primates around the world thanks to IPPL. One day I hope to visit the sanctuary in SC and to attend one of their conferences. Shirley McGreal and her staff personally sign holiday cards and thank you cards which is very nice touch too.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at IPPL for over ten years. During this time I've witnessed first hand the effectiveness of this organization with regards to primate protection. The founder, Dr. Shirley McGreal, has set the tone of this grassroots organization with her commitment to helping small groups working on the front line who often are neglected by larger foundations and groups. With assistance from IPPL, these volunteers and small groups make a huge difference in the plight of primates worldwide.

In addition to the amazing work on behalf of the world’s primates, IPPL runs a gibbon sanctuary in Summerville, SC that provides a wonderful home to more than 30 of these small apes. Many are retired from laboratories, while others are former pets or zoo castoffs. IPPL provides a wonderful "retirement" for these delightful apes.

Board Member

Rating: 5

IPPL is an immensely effective organisation. Its achievements over more than thirty years speak for themselves. With a very small team, IPPL has helped to secure primate export bans in several countries, ensured the successful prosecution of a number of illegal wildlife traffickers, and saved thousands of primate lives through its campaigning, fundraising and law enforcement efforts. These accomplishments have been recognised by many prestigious awards given to the organisation - and to its founder - Dr Shirley McGreal.