The Gibbon Conservation Center (GCC) is an animal conservation and education center located near Santa Clarita, California. It is dedicated exclusively to the small Asian ape, the gibbon, and houses the most varied group of gibbons in the Western Hemisphere, including representatives of all 4 genera and 5 of the existing 19 species. The average population of the GCC is approximately 40 gibbons, housed in family groups.Plan to visit Gibbon Conservation Center and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Santa Clarita attractions using our Santa Clarita trip planner.
The GCC is a registered 501c3 non-profit tax-exempt organization, supported by donations, a small staff and many volunteers. The GCC is open to the public for tours on weekends and by special arrangement. Students and anthropology/biology researchers regularly conduct projects and observations at the Gibbon Conservation Center.
The goals of the GCC include: to help ensure the conservation and survival of all gibbon species in the wild and in captivity; to provide a captive haven for all gibbon species as a complement to protecting them in the wild; to educate the public and add to the knowledge on gibbons for the scientific community, rehabilitation centers, and zoos and to support ongoing field conservation projects.
The current director of the Gibbon Conservation Center is Gabriella (Gabi) Skollar, who worked with the founder, Alan Mootnick, for several years until his death.
The GCC was founded by Alan Mootnick (January 23, 1951–November 4, 2011), a native of Encino, California who became a leading authority on gibbons despite having no formal training in the biological sciences. Mootnick acquired his first gibbon (a former pet named Spanky) in 1976, and in 1980 he used money from his home repair and painting business to buy the 10-acre site where the center now operates.
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Gibbon Conservation Center is a great place to visit on a weekend. Their hours are limited (Sat & Sun, 9:30 - noon). The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. When the gibbons begin "singing"... oh..... more
Gibbon Conservation Center is a great place to visit on a weekend. Their hours are limited (Sat & Sun, 9:30 - noon). The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. When the gibbons begin "singing"... oh..... more »
This is a small but amazing place. The Gibbons are endangered and the center helps to keep them from becoming extinct. They have a new baby there. The work these people are doing is so important. Please visit and support them.
The Apes put on a chorus today, interrupting our 10am tour guide but it was awesome! Our guide was excellent. You can tell she loves the Gibbons and they are very well cared for. More people need to know about this place....it is just minutes from The Gentle Barn, which gets so much more traffic. The conservation of these endangered apes is so important! I will definitely be back again!
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