INTERNATIONAL PRIMATE PROTECTION LEAGUE

Protecting primates since 1973

aka Ape and Monkey Rescue and Sanctuaries   |   Summerville, SC   |  www.ippl.org

Mission

Since 1973, IPPL's mission has been to promote the conservation and protection of all nonhuman primates, including apes, monkeys, and lemurs around the world. Our goal is to keep these uniquely threatened animals safe from human cruelty, negligence, and exploitation, envisioning a world where all primates can thrive in their native habitats.

Ruling year info

1976

Board Chair

Ms. Pam Mendosa

Main address

PO Box 766

Summerville, SC 29484 USA

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EIN

51-0194013

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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IPPL is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s remaining primates, great and small. Since 1973, we have worked to expose primate abuse and battled international traffickers. We also operate a sanctuary for gibbons (the smallest of the apes) in South Carolina and support primate rescue efforts worldwide, especially in countries where primates are native. Our goal is to keep these uniquely threatened animals safe from human cruelty, negligence, and exploitation, envisioning a world where all primates can thrive in their native habitats.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Primate sanctuary support

IPPL assists and helps fund primate sanctuaries in many countries, including Kalaweit in Indonesia, Ikamaperu in Peru, Limbe in Cameroon, Tacugama in Sierra Leone, and the Douc Langur Foundation in Viet Nam, as well as rescue centers and pro-wildlife action programs that benefit primates in Nepal, South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Peru, Colombia and many other locations around the globe.

Population(s) Served
Adults

IPPL and our team of caregivers are responsible for the care of 30 gibbons at Headquarters Sanctuary in Summerville, SC

Population(s) Served
Adults

IPPL's magazine is published three times yearly and keeps readers informed of primate newd worldwide. Each issues contains one or more Action Alerts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

IPPL serves primates and people protecting primates in rescue center. We work with large primates like gorillas, orangutans, and chimpanzees as well as small primates including monkeys, lemurs, lorises and tarsiers, Among the countries that receive grants are (in Africa) Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Guinea; (in Asia) Thailand, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam, and (in South America) Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

Population(s) Served
Adults

For over 40 years, the International Primate Protection League has been supporting primate rescue centers in Africa, Asia and South America. Organizations from these countries are invited to apply for annual grants. IPPL brings representatives from these countries to our headquarters in Summerville South Carolina for a unique three-day biennial conference also attended by supporters. We also maintain a gibbon sanctuary in Summerville.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each year IPPL provides grants to our Global Partners. For many, these funds are critical to their programs as well as lifesaving for the primates they are dedicated to help. In December 2020, IPPL awarded $150,000 to 23 deserving organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

care of rescued baboons

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Chevron Texaco Conservation Award 2004

IPPL Shirley McGreal

Order of the British Empire to Shirley McGreal for IPPL 2008

Queen Elizabeth 2008 Birthday Honors

Angel Award 2016

South Carolina Secretary of State

Elizabeth Bradham Humanitarian Award to Shirley McGreal 2020

Charleston Animal Society

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Conservation of primates in the wild and their protection in captivity. Bringing an end to the cruel international trade in primates by monitoring the trade and campaigning against export of live monkeys from countries where they reside. Working to stop the illegal trade in endangered species. IPPL works for all primate species, whether common or endangered.

IPPL publishes a quarterly magazine. The first issue was published in 1974 and there have been three issues of IPPL News every year till the present. IPPL is active in social media and has an active presence on Facebook and Twitter. We have 53,000 "Likes" on our home page.
Our staff investigate crimes against wildlife and campaigns for action in smuggling cases. One case involved six baby orangutans en route to Russia who were confiscated on Bangkok Airport and sent to a rescue center in Indonesia. IPPL was able to provide immediate care and document the itinerary and names of the smugglers. We worked to get the network prosecuted and several were incarcerated.
IPPL has been represented at every meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) since 1977. We work to keep primates legally protected wherever they are found.

IPPL has a budget of around $1.3 million a year. We have four full-time officer staff, four animal care staff, and two maintenance staff. Employees get attached to the gibbons and tend to stay many years.
We make presentations at several conferences each year.
Our animal care staff get training in safe capture techniques both at Headquarters and at organized courses around the country.

IPPL has developed expertise that helped us persuade the Governments of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand and Nepal to ban monkey exports. These campaigners have united people around the world to work towards export bans.
Every two years, IPPL has assembled primate specialists from around the world for a conference at our Headquarters in Summerville. Our overseas grantees make presentations that encourage our supporters to continue their support for our small grant program.
We are continuing efforts to get Mauritius to ban export of monkeys and are very concerned at the huge numbers of monkeys being exported from China.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INTERNATIONAL PRIMATE PROTECTION LEAGUE

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
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Board chair

Ms. Pam Mendosa

Shirley McGreal

Founder, International Primate Protection League

Lynne Baker

Senior Research Associate with the Rome-based Institute for Development, Ecology, Conservation, and Cooperation.

Lois Lippold

Founder, Douc Langur Foundation

Alison Harvey

Assistant Concert Master of the Summerville, SC Orchestra

Sian Evans

Department of Biological Sciences and the Honors College at Florida International University

Deborah Misotti

Co-founder, The Talkin’ Monkeys Project

Ian Redmond

Co-founder, ecoflix

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No