Sunday's New York Times print edition carries an obituary of Alan Mootnick, the founder and director of Santa Clarita's Gibbon Conservation Center who died Nov. 4. "'He was the gibbon champion of the world right now, hands down,' Rick Barongi, director of the Houston Zoo and a primate expert, said in an interview." Gibbons, one of the few monogamous primates, are considered the most endangered of apes, the obit says.
Previously on LA Observed:
Q: Where are the most gibbon apes in the Americas?
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