To promote the conservation, study and care of gibbons through public education and habitat preservation.
The Gibbon Conservation Center
was established in 1976 by Alan Richard Mootnick and houses the rarest group of apes in the Western Hemisphere. It is the only institution in the world to house and breed all four genera of gibbon and has successfully reproduced 7 gibbon species. The center offers observation and non-invasive research opportunities for students and scientists and participates in all relevant Species Survival Plans (SSPs). In addition to providing consulting services to zoos, museums, government agencies such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and individual scientists on species identification and gibbon care, the GCC offers educational opportunites for students of all ages, as well as assisting with gibbon rescue programs in Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Off the Board Program
We wanted to give an opportunity for teachers to come to the center with their class and avoid the extra work of connecting our material to the current CA standards. The goal was to make a lesson teachers wanted to participate in as well. Getting students and teachers Off the Board and out of the classroom.
Continuing Success ---- On-going Sucess
Currently the program is run by the GCC staff. We are looking to expand our reach by having volunteers & interns participate in the program. We would love to stay current and would be happy to collaborate with other educators, students, and organizations. Please contact us if you feel your goals are in line with ours.