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Cornell Family Invites us to:Gibbons Conservation Center Tour & Talk with the GCC Director
Attention Animal Lovers!

Private two-hour tour of the Gibbons Conservation Center (GCC) in Santa Clarita.  The day will start with a boxed lunch and talk by GCC Director Gabriella (Gabi) Skollar.  (See more about her below).   She will share her stories of caring for the gibbons and her work analyzing animal sounds.  She attended workshops at Cornell University, furthering her academic studies in the field of analyzing animal vocalizations.  The GCC is the only institution that has bred all four genera of gibbon and reproduced seven gibbon species.

Date:  Sunday, November 16, 2014

Time:  1:00 lunch & presentation followed by 90-minute to 2-hour tour

Location:  19100 Esguerra Road, Santa Clarita, CA  91390

Cost: $25 per person.  Special family rate: $85 for family of four


More info: No minimum age, but it is a long event.  30+ minute talk followed by 90-120 minute tour.  Event will be rescheduled in case of inclement weather.

Questions? contact: Kim Bixler at kimbixler@earthlink.net or 310-560-0444

Gabriella Skollar bio:

I have been working for the Gibbon Conservation Center (GCC) for 9 years. The GCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of gibbons by promoting public education, supporting habitat preservation, furthering the study and advancing care
practices. The GCC houses approximately 40 gibbons, representing five of the 17 species, 2 of which are highly endangered.

I graduated in 2004 with a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Szeged, in Hungary. I first became involved with gibbons when my University adviser asked me to record Kaszat, a northern white-cheeked gibbon in the Szeged Zoo. After I spent many early morning hours recording and observation, it became my passion to study
gibbon vocalization. I moved to the U.S. in 2005 to work as a volunteer caregiver and researcher at the GCC, originally supported by the Rosztoczy Scholarship. In 2007, I became a full-time Primate Caregiver and Research Assistant.

My research focuses on gibbon communication and social behavior, with the goal that my studies will support gibbon conservation efforts. I collect audio and video data on gibbons, and I try to understand the meaning of their different calls and facial expressions.

In 2010 I, attended the Sound Analysis Workshop at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology offered by the Bioacoustics Research Program, which furthered me on my path to understand gibbon behavior.

In November 2011, Alan Mootnick, the GCC founder, passed away, and I became the Primary Caregiver responsible for the day-to-day care and health of the gibbons, and the operation of the GCC. In January 2014, I became the Director of the GCC.

I am an active participant in the gibbon zoological and scientific communities worldwide. I give educational lectures and tours at the GCC, focusing on gibbon conservation and behavior. I have presented at international conferences on gibbon husbandry, cognition and social behavior. I want to follow Alan’s footsteps and dedicate my life to protect and study gibbons, and educate others about these fascinating primates.

More info about the Gibbon Conservation Center:

Event Information
Sunday, Nov 16 2014 at 1:00pm [ iCal ]
19100 Esguerra Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

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