Dear Reader, The following brief talks were written by Alan Mootnick (1951 - 2011), who became one of the world's foremost experts on gibbons and arguably their greatest rescuer, despite having no formal gibbon training. Gibbons are fighting for their survival as their natural habitat, Asian rain forests are being decimated by developers. In 1980, Alan started the Gibbon Conservation Center (GCC) in the Los Angeles area, where at any one time today about 40 gibbons flourish, some of which are returned to the wild. And Alan spoke on their behalf and he wrote numerous articles about them and travelled to their native areas to persuade governments to protect their habitats. The following was shared with us by Gabriella Skollar (Gabi), GCC's Head Primate Caregiver and Research Assistant, explaining in his own words what caused him to become their rescuer and it shares as well his interesting outlook on life.
Dear Reader, To learn more about the Gibbon Conservation Center, please visit http://www.gibboncenter.org/