To promote the conservation, study and care of gibbons through public education and habitat preservation.
The Gibbon Conservation Center was established in 1976 by Alan Richard Mootnick and houses the rarest group of apes in the Western Hemisphere. It is the only institution in the world to house and breed all four genera of gibbon and has successfully reproduced 7 gibbon species. The center offers observation and non-invasive research opportunities for students and scientists and participates in all relevant Species Survival Plans (SSPs). In addition to providing consulting services to zoos, museums, government agencies such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and individual scientists on species identification and gibbon care, the GCC offers educational opportunities for students of all ages, as well as assisting with gibbon rescue programs in Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia.