Visit the Gibbon Conservation Center

Gibbons are among the most threatened primates on the planet. The biggest threat to their survival is habitat loss, through deforestation by human activity. Many species of gibbon are listed as endangered or critically endangered.
Which makes the work at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita that much more important. The center is the only organization in the world dedicated solely to the preservation and study of gibbons and it houses the largest population of gibbons in the Western Hemisphere.
The center is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and offers guided tours. The tours, which help fund the center, also provide an excellent opportunity for all ages to learn about this naturally playful, remarkable species.
Gibbons have been called the most natural acrobats on the planet. Their arms are one-and-a-half times longer than their legs and they can move through trees, swinging from branch to branch, up to 35 miles per hour and leap distances of up to 40 feet. They are bi-pedal, meaning they can walk on two legs. In fact, they are the only nonhuman primate that primarily walks on two legs.
Gibbons can also be quite vocal. Known as the “songbirds” of the primates, gibbons can project their voices up to 2 miles. Gibbons “sing” to establish their territory. Males and females will often sing a duet with their offspring joining in.
Their native habitat is primarily in Southeast Asia. In the wild, gibbons mostly eat fruit but also leaves, flowers, bird eggs, insects and birds. Gibbons live to 30-35 years of age in the wild or 40-50 in captivity.
The center in Santa Clarita was created by Alan Mootnick in 1976. It has successfully reproduced 7 gibbon species and provides information about species identification and gibbon care to organizations and scientists all over the world. It also assists gibbon rescue programs in Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia. The center is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization and runs on donations, with the help of a small staff and many volunteers.
Plan your visit today! The Gibbon Conservation Center is located at 19100 Esguerra Road, near Lombardi Ranch in Saugus off Bouquet Canyon.
For more information, visit the conservation center’s website. You can also visit their Facebook page, which includes photos and videos of these playful, singing, acrobatic primates.