Primate field experts hold conference in Summerville

Primate field experts hold conference in Summerville

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Primate field experts from around the world held a conference in Summrville this past weekend at the International Primate Protection League.

Their headquarters features a sanctuary for rescued gibbons which are the smallest of apes.

Experts from around the world spoke on a wide variety of topics including surviving the ebola crisis and the illegal trading of primates.

"I think the people here in Charleston should be very proud of having an organization like IPPL working from here," said Edwin Wiek founder of the Wildlife Friends Foundation in Thailand. "A lot of animals, a lot of protected animals in Asia and African countries are being protected with money sponsored by people here in South Carolina."

Among those who spoke were Bala Amarasekaran, founder and executive director of the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone, and Angela Maldonado of Fundación Entropika in Colombia.

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