Apr 17, 2018
Gibbons are arboreal apes from Southeast Asia. That means they live on the trees and spend a majority of their time brachiating (swinging by their arms) through the forest. They have one mate at a time, and most species sing coordinated duets with their partners. They are intelligent, curious, and endangered due to habitat loss and the wildlife trade. Gabriella Skollar (Gabi) is from Hungary, and she is the director of the Gibbon Conservation Center (GCC) in Santa Clarita. She is in charge of keeping the center's 39 individuals happy, healthy and sometimes breeding. In addition to her duties as the director, Gabi is fighting the wildlife trade daily through outreach, education and reporting illegal activity brought to her attention sometimes through social media.