Who is #38? Why it's... Paen!
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IPPL International Primate Protection League
June 2016

Paen has her own unique personality – we were told she would sing when she heard her keepers talking and she loves her puzzle toys, especially her stuffed animal. We don’t know if this is her BFF or her baby, but she carries it around, grooms it, dips it in water, sucks on it and then leaves it to dry. Quite a routine!

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IPPL is excited to announce the arrival of our newest gibbon – Paen! This petite white- handed gibbon came from a zoo located in the northwest.

Paen, who is 30, and her sister were in zoos for most of their lives and were companions the entire time. For whatever reason, these two never moved on to have companions of the opposite sex. Since her sister passed, Paen has lived alone, so like Dorothy who arrived in February, the zoo asked to retire her to our sanctuary.

On Saturday, June 18, Paen’s big journey began as she was loaded on a plane bound for Atlanta. IPPL did not want her to have to change planes, so Meg, our head of animal care, and her husband Chris, drove to Atlanta to bring Paen back to her new home in Summerville. Once inside the van, she was offered some food and started eating right away. It appeared that the trip did not dampen this little girl's spirits at all!

Currently, Paen is in quarantine in what used to be our dear Igor’s enclosure. Black and small, like Igor – we think he would approve of this new resident.

Paen came with her own “suitcase” packed with her toys and favorite stuffed animal. After her first night in her new home, she greeted the staff and demonstrated how much she enjoys eating - especially sweet potatoes and fig newton treats.

Paen has her own unique personality – we were told she would sing when she heard her keepers talking and she loves her puzzle toys, especially her stuffed animal. We don’t know if this is her BFF or her baby, but she carries it around, grooms it, dips it in water, sucks on it and then leaves it to dry. Quite a routine!

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Paen and her favorite stuffed animal, an Asiatic 'black bear'

We are thrilled to have Paen join our gibbon sanctuary – making her gibbon #38! Yes, she will add to our budget – but we were not about to say no. Perhaps you would like to make a donation - or increase your monthly giving - to celebrate Paen’s arrival and to help with her care. She will not know, but we will be grateful for her.

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Since she is 30 years young, we expect to have her around IPPL for many years to come. That’s fine with us – and we suspect it will be just fine with Paen too!

Thank you for celebrating with us.


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