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Breakfast with the gibbons

Gibbon Conservation Center hosts family-friendly fundraiser to benefit rare and endangered apes

Posted: May 16, 2009 9:57 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.

One of the nearly 40 gibbons at the Gibbon Center enjoys breakfast during the fundraiser. Gibbons are a rare endangered ape.

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Families flocked to the Gibbon Conservation Center in Saugus on May 9 to enjoy a rare treat - a breakfast encounter with one of the world's most rare and endangered small apes.

The center, which currently houses nearly 40 gibbons, among them five of the 15 known species of gibbons, was established by Alan Mootnick in 1976 for the study, propagation, conservation and betterment of the highly endangered small ape and for the education of the public about the plight of the gibbon.

Guests dined on a feast of healthy and organic fare including yogurt, fruit, cereal, muffins and other breakfast foods. The gibbons were in full voice during the early hours of the fundraiser, their spectacular vocalizations echoing throughout the canyon near the intersection of Bouquet Canyon and Vasquez Canyon Roads.

Mootnick lead two tours during the event and shared his knowledge and gibbon expertise with visitors.

To volunteer, donate or learn more about gibbons visit


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