Ivan is the oldest gibbon at the Gibbon Center. While he is often sweet, he can also act like a grumpy old man, grabbing keepers if they hand him something that he doesn’t want. We noticed a few years ago that he was using his hands to help him walk, so the vet prescribed a medication for arthritis and is now moving around comfortably. He is also mildly diabetic and is currently on a limited diet to maintain his blood sugar. All this really means is that he can’t have banana or apple everyday. He still enjoys papaya and other less sugary fruit. He is distinguished by a large, expressive mouth.
Win Boo has had some health related issues recently. He has been in and out of quarantine and the hospital a few times. We are treating him but are concerned about a possible ongoing issue. Unfortunately Win Boo came out of the pet trade; he was captured from the wild and eventually turned over to a zoo. While we don’t know his entire story, it is possible that he did not receive adequate nutrition early on in his life. Currently his diet is limited to certain foods. We give him special food to make up for it though and he lets us know pretty quickly if he is getting bored of something that we offer. He may peak into the bucket to see what else we have to offer. He has sniffed and dropped new food we have attempted. Luckily there is nothing like a little chicken soup though when you’re under the weather. This apparently is true for Win Bo too.
Shelby is a handsome gibbon with a very strong personality. Currently Shelby is keeping the staff busy figuring out new ways to medicate him. He was recently diagnosed with diabetes and arthritis. He is taking medication for his diabetes however we are working with him to train him for a voluntary blood sugar check. His arthritis required immediate surgery and provided a tremendous relief. While generally easy going, he lets us know the second we do something he doesn’t approve of, with either a swat or a kick followed by an intense stare.
Violet is our poster child for unexpected accidents. She has been in the hospital several times for different reasons starting at a couple years old. We are adding her here to acknowledge that sometimes accidents happen no matter how much we prepare.
19100 Esguerra Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
(Near Lombardi Ranch in Saugus)
PO Box 800249, Santa Clarita, CA 91380
Direct Line: 661-296-2737
E-mail Address: Info@gibboncenter.org