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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.