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Cool down coming for Saugus' small apes

Gibbon Conservation Center reaches fundraising goal for misting system

Posted: August 19, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 19, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Gibbons in need of misters can now look forward to some refreshing jungle-like humidity after their human caretakers raised the money they needed for a misting system at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Saugus.

“We reached our goal,” Neta Ambar, a primate keeper and operations and development manager for the center, told The Signal Sunday.

“The total was $15,345. We also got some donations specifically for misters not included in the Indiegogo campaign, through PayPal and checks sent to us,” she said.

“It was very exciting and we really really appreciate the amount of support we got from people,” she said.

The center in Saugus ran the recent fundraising campaign to generate $15,000 to design and install a new water misting system aimed at keeping the primates cool during the sweltering summer months.

Since the natural habitat for the small endangered apes is Southeast Asia — a region much more humid than Southern California — gibbons at the center in Saugus can face heat-related health issues, Ambar said.

A misting system would help keep gibbons’ skin moist and reduce the risk for heat-related illnesses, Ambar said.

The money raised would be enough to design and implement the misting system on one of the center’s enclosures.

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