Gibbon Conservation Center, Santa Clarita

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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.

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 »
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  • I absolutely loved Gibbons Conservation Center! It was a wonderful experience where you can learn important characteristics and qualities of the gibbons here. The ones they have are beautiful and wonderful creatures with a wide range of personalities and what they’re doing here for them is amazing. Shoutout to them all singing during the tour (they’re quite loud 😆), lead by Pepper herself!
  • Amazing place! So many gibbon apes and so cool to see them up close. We’ve been going for 10 years. If going on a tour go before 10am to hear the gibbons sing for breakfast. And every Mother’s Day weekend they have a breakfast with the gibbons fundraiser that is a can’t miss. Great for families and kids and totally worth the drive!

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