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February Matching Gifts - You did it!!! February 29, 2020

Thank you!!!

Not only did you help us receive matching gifts totaling $10,000! You also helped us hit our February Goal of $100,000!  Thank you. We are incredibly grateful that the gibbons and the GCC have your support.     

February Match up to $5,000 February 23, 2020

We are excited to announce
we have another
Anonymous Sponsor willing to match up to $5,000 
during this last week of February to help us reach our Goal.

We've already raised over $13,500 during February February 19, 2020

February Goal $100,000
Leap Year 2020

At the end of January we set ourselves a new goal, to raise an additional
$40,000 during the month of February.
In just three week you've helped us raise $13,500

We're now up to $74,800
 
 We need to reach 10% of our fundraising goal by March 1st for them to hold the property for us.  We have looked at many properties we haven't found anything that comes close for the price.  

Foundations want to know we can achieve this before they are willing to invest.  They want to know we have your support.  We are so grateful for every single donation we have already received.  We are inspired and motivated.  Please help us reach our goal of $100,000 this next month so that we have a shot at this property.

Please help us reach our goal of $100,000 this next month so that we have a shot at this property January 28, 2020

You have helped us raise over $60,000 towards our future center. We want to take a moment to show you some of the attributes of this property.
  • The main road is paved and level.  We will not be trapped in severe weather like we have been in the past and school buses won't get stuck.
  • We will have the space to double enclosure size and double the distance between enclosures.
  • We have an area to plant food for the gibbons & to plant native plants for local wildlife.
  • The well water won't run out and has its own generator.
  • There is already storage for all of our equipment.
  • The workshop to repair and expand all our enclosures already exists.
  • We have a space for a hospital and recovery.
  • There is a classroom for school children.
  • The facility can easily host a conference.
The biggest benefit is that we can move immediately once we have the funding and the land use permit.  We need the seller to know we are serious.  We need to reach 10% by March 1st for them to hold the property for us.  Foundations want to know we can achieve this before they are willing to invest.  They want to know we have your support.  We are so grateful for every single donation we have already received.  We are inspired and motivated.  Please help us reach our goal of $100,000 this next month so that we have a shot at this property 

We've raised over $60,000 January 01, 2020

Happy New Year!!!

We have now raised over $60,000!

Thank you for all of your support!


We found the property! Now we need to act. December 25, 2019

At last, we have exciting news to share! After a long search, we found a suitable place for the new Gibbon Conservation Center. It is located in Lompoc, has 20 acres, a house, and other structures. It has enough space not just to relocate the Center but to grow and build a world-class primate center, with spacious enclosures for the gibbons, an on-site hospital, a recovery room, library, and classroom. The climate is far more suitable for the gibbons, without extremes of heat or cold. We are discussing the process for getting a permit with the local zoning department, and it looks promising. The property is listed for $1.4 million. We need to raise $1 million for a significant down payment so that we can afford a lower mortgage. We have less than 20 months in which to purchase the property, construct the new Center and relocate the gibbons.



You did it!!! October 14th Relocation Update #4 October 14, 2019

You did it!!! We just hit our October matching Goal of $5,000.  That means we got another $5,000 from our Anonymous Sponsor for a total of $10,000. Thank you!  We are so grateful for all of your support! Please continue to share the campaign with others.  Also please encourage friends to come out and visit the center we are still open every weekend from 9:30am - 12pm.  We will send you more updates soon!

We're Halfway to our October Goal of $5,000 October 10th - Relocation Update #3 October 10, 2019

As of today you have helped us raise $28,921
If you haven't heard we have 
a sponsor willing to match $5,000 but we need your help.  The sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous will only match what we raise through the end of October! Please spread the word we have less than a month to make this happen. If you haven't already please share our campaign.  Help us make double the impact hit the $10,000 this next month.  We have less than 22 months to move so we need your help to spread the word.

Match up to $ 5,000 Update #2 September 27, 2019

As of today you have helped us raise $26,196

We are excited to announce that we have a sponsor willing to match $5,000 but we need your help.  The sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous will only match what we raise through the end of October! Please spread the word we only have a little over a month to make this happen. If you haven't already please share our campaign.  Help us make double the impact hit the $10,000 this next month.  We have less than 22 months to move so we need your help to spread the word.

About Campaign September 04, 2019

Dear Friends of the Gibbon Conservation Center,

 

The clock is ticking on our ability to stay at our current (rented) location in Santa Clarita.  Please help us find a new, safe home for this rare population of gibbons. 

BACKGROUND

Your continued support over the past 40 years has enabled us to pursue our mission to promote the conservation, study, and care of gibbons through public education and habitat preservation.  You are a vital part of the Gibbon Conservation Center. The GCC would not be here without you. 

As you might remember, when our founder, Alan Mootnick, passed away in 2011, the GCC’s future looked uncertain.  We lost ownership of our land, and in order to stay at our current location we had to start paying rent. This presented an unexpected financial burden, but at the time we could not fathom moving.  Alan always dreamed of relocating closer to the coast and was actively looking for a more suitable property.  When he died, the search for a property came to a halt as we fought for survival.

WE MADE MIRACLES HAPPEN! 

We focused our attention on keeping the Center going! With our dedicated staff, volunteers, board members and donors, we made miracles happen! With community and grant support we repaired and enlarged many of our enclosures and began to build a new one. We installed a high-pressure misting system to cool and humidify the gibbons' habitat. A series of grants allowed us to create educational signage, develop an educational program, and offer field trips to under-served students. We opened our gates to weekend visitors to help our finances and to spread the word about gibbon conservation.  We participated in conferences and workshops in both the zoological and conservation field to strengthen our ties within the primate community.  We have taken part in several non-invasive studies and collaborated with researchers and students worldwide to improve our understanding of gibbon health and welfare. We are grateful to you for making all this possible. 

THINGS ARE CHANGING!  WE NEED TO MOVE!

Earlier this year we started negotiations with our landlord to purchase the 5-acre property the GCC is currently using. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach an agreement. We are currently at an impasse with the landlord and we do not foresee an ability to remain at this location much longer.  

The land surrounding the Center is in the midst of a development boom. The open land that at one time provided the GCC with an ample buffer is slowly disappearing. As homes are built closer and closer to our facility, we are becoming increasingly limited in our ability to expand. The next planned housing development willextend right up to our property line, with high density housing not more that 500 feet from the gibbons, who are highly susceptible to increased dust and noise. 

Additionally, there are serious limitations to our ability to improve our facility and offer more education and services at our current location. When we last renewed our permits with the LA County Department of Regional Planning (Zoning), they approved our application under the condition that we do not expand our facility beyond that which already exists.  Furthermore, they changed our zoning from A2 to A1, which severely restricts how we can use this land. These strict zoning regulations make it unlikely we will get approval to build an on-site hospital, library, classroom, or housing for our researchers and interns. 

Finally, with the weather getting more extreme, Santa Clarita’s arid climate is becoming less suitable for housing the gibbons. Our high-pressure misting system can cool their enclosures, but to do so we must have water in our well.  During the most recent drought, wells in the Bouquet Canyon area were running dry. We were fortunate then that our well had enough water. We may not be as lucky next time. If our well runs dry, we will have to deliver water, at great cost, to cool the gibbons. A severe heatwave coupled with a drought would pose great danger to their health and safety. 

OUR TIME IS RUNNING OUT!  IT’S TIME TO MOVE!

The Gibbon Center’s survival depends on moving to a better location as soon as we are able to do so. We are looking at sites in a more temperate climate, such as San Diego, Santa Barbara, or Sonoma Counties. We will need at least 20 acres of usable land, a house, electricity, water, and a road wide enough for school buses and fire trucks to reach our facility.  It is also imperative we have a buffer from neighboring properties so that other residents are not disturbed by the gibbons’ singing.

To buy land and relocate the GCC, we need to raise at least $750,000 to make a down payment and an additional $250,000 for the move.  While we are raising funds to relocate, we also must continue securing funds for our daily operations, animal care and, unfortunately, rent. This is tremendous work for our small staff of two full-time & two part-time employees.

THE FUTURE OF THE GCC IS IN YOUR HANDS! 

The GIBBON CENTER RELOCATION FUND will be used to purchase land, obtain permits, build the new infrastructure, and to move the gibbons.  We desperately need your help to make this possible. Any donation will bring us closer to our goal of acquiring a permanent home for the GCC. 

Besides financial support, you can also help by promoting our fundraising campaign and sharing it with others so we can reach more people. Together we can work to secure the Gibbon Conservation Center’s future, create safe habitat for the gibbons and build a facility that will serve the gibbons and the conservation community for years to come.

My sincerest gratitude, 

Gabi


The GCC is an internationally recognized organization in the field of gibbon research and conservation. We are among a handful of organizations around the world devoted to the protection of these small apes. The GCC provides consultation to zoos, museums, government agencies and individual scientists on species identification and gibbon care as well as assistance to gibbon rescue programs. Currently we house 38 gibbons encompassing 5 of the 20 different extant species.

 If you are an experienced fundraiser or a grant writer and you have the time and energy to assist us, please reach out to us.


We've been searching high and low and we're not stopping yet September 02, 2019

Dear Friends of the Gibbon Conservation Center,

Thank you!  As of today you have helped us raise $12,718 towards our Relocation Fund.  Your support and kind words have been very encouraging.  We want you to know we've been searching high and low and we're not stopping yet.  We've seen property in Arroyo Grande, Temecula, Santa Clarita and Nipomo.  We need these site visits to determine accessibility, terrain, proximity to our closest neighbor and see how flat the land really is and how much is usable.  Photos as you can imagine can be very misleading.  One of the other things we must determine early on is if the city is willing to welcome singing primates.  Contacting zoning and city council is a good first start.  Next on our list is Fallbrook since their City Council has been very welcoming and provided us with advice and a list of contacts.  We will continue to keep you updated with our progress as well as our future plans for development.   

Sincerely, 
GCC Staff