Gibbon Rescue and Conservation | The Real Dr. Doolittle Show | Podcast # 102

The Gibbon Conservation Center (GCC) was established in 1976 by Alan Mootnick. It houses the rarest group of apes in the Western Hemisphere and has successfully reproduced 7 gibbon species. The GCC functions as an international consultant to zoos, museums, government agencies such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and individual scientists on species identification and gibbon care. They have assisted gibbon rescue programs in Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia.

The goals of the GCC are to help ensure the survival, conservation and propagation 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.

In November 2011, Alan Mootnick, the GCC founder died suddenly. However, the work at the Center continues. As spokespersons for the Center, our guests today Gabriella Skollar-Charnofsky and Neta Ambar have realized that life is unpredictable. They decided that if they wanted to do something important in their lives, they had to start today. Alan inspired them so deeply that they want to follow his footsteps and have dedicated their lives to studying and protecting gibbons, and to teach people about them.

In this interview some of the things you will learn about are:

  • Who was Alan Mootnich, and why did he start the Center?
  • How does the gibbons complex social and family structure work?
  • What a day is like at the Center?
  • How did Gabriella and Neta become involved?
  • What is the gibbon, and why are they endangered?

How can you get involved too? You can make a difference in many different ways. You can volunteer at organizations that help gibbons, you can contribute to organizations like the Gibbon Conservation Center.

You can also make changes in your life by avoiding purchasing palm oil products which contribute to deforestation and loss of natural habitats for the gibbons and other species.

The Gibbon Conservation Center is a 501 (c) 3 organization. All contributions are tax deductible as provided by law. Our federal tax exemption number is 95-4256306. 100% of all contributions go directly to the care of gibbons, including on-site care, education, and world-wide conservation efforts.

Be sure to tell them you heard their interview on The Real Dr. Doolittl Show:


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