UCBcorps got together this past weekend and did some work up at the Gibbons Conservation Center in Santa Clarita. It was so much fun and really rewarding to help out these unbelievable endangered primates, even in the smallest way. Seriously, Gibbons are phenomenal. You should all go up there and check it out, keep these awesome animals in existence. I love them so much.
“The Gibbon Conservation Center was founded in 1976 in southern California, USA, by Alan Richard Mootnick. It is the only facility in the world devoted exclusively to gibbons, an increasingly rare ape. We work for the endangered gibbons’ benefit through conservation, propagation and study, and by teaching people about them. GCC houses nearly 40 gibbons, among them 5 of the 17 living species.
GCC specializes in behavioral studies on gibbons, collected by students, scientists and volunteers working at the Center. Several mated pairs have produced offspring, making an important contribution to the world’s captive gibbon population, both in terms of numbers and in the genetic diversity of the species. Offspring are housed at the Center in species-typical family units until they reach adulthood. At that time, they are removed from the family and housed with a mate, which imitates what normally happens in the wild.
GCC also offers advice, free of charge, to zoos, government agencies and gibbon rescue centers throughout the world. A portion of donations received by GCC is given to projects devoted to the conservation of wild gibbon populations, especially those in Java, India, Kalimantan, China and Vietnam. The Hainan gibbon (Nomascus hainanus), found only on Hainan Island off the coast of China, is considered to be the most endangered known primate. There are approximately 20 individuals left on the island! Also nearly extinct is the Eastern black gibbon (Nomascus nasutus), of NE Vietnam, east of the Red River and southern China. There are approximately 110 of this gibbon species left, making these two gibbon species the rarest primates on earth.”