Veronica Hill tours the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, CA, with YouTubers Todd Bieber, Bryan Simon and Paige McKenzie in this episode of “California Travel Tips.” Watch until the end so you can click on their gibbon videos!
Located 33 miles north of Los Angeles, the Gibbon Conservation Center is managed by Neta Ambar and Gabi Skollar, two passionate women who have dedicated their lives to the care and preservation of these endangered apes.
Native to the rain forests of Southeast Asia, India and Southern China, Gibbons are among the most musical of primates, and can be heard up to 2 miles away.
Gibbons can travel over 35 miles per hour and leap up to 50 feet at a time. All this while swinging 200 feet above the canopy floor. The swinging from branch to branch is called brachiating. I also learned that a gibbon’s arms are 1 1/2 times longer than their legs!
During our visit, Neta and Gabi share several interesting facts about the gibbons. The conservation center is home to several very rare gibbons, including one species that only has 500 left in the wild.
The Gibbon Conservation Center is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays, with guided tours offered at 10 a.m. both days. In addition to tours, the Gibbon Conservation Center offers an Assistant Caregiver program, which allows you to prepare food, carry buckets and toss food to the gibbons.
One important tip. It can get well over 100 degrees out here, so be sure to bring a hat and wear plenty of sunscreen.
The Gibbon Conservation Center is located at 19100 Esguerra Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91350. Call (661) 296-2737 or visit http://www.gibboncenter.org
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