Archives for February 2008

Interview Up & Busy with New Website

Sorry to be so scarce–the good news is that the new design is done and I am moving the site over now. It takes time because is hundreds of pages without the blog–we are going to test it and then convert it…stay tuned.

In the meantime, I interviewed for an article sometime back…now it is up on a new website. Basically, the topic is adopting a pet and how to survive the first 30 days…check it out.

Careers with Animals

Just a quick note: over the next few days I’ll be posting some new animal career and volunteer opportunities. If you are on the email list, you’ll get a larger list.

Please read the first five Unusual Animal Career series at before applying.

Gibbon Conservation Center, Santa Clarita, CA
The Gibbon Conservation Center is a non-profit organization in
southern California that was founded in 1976 by Alan Mootnick. It is
the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to
the conservation, propagation, and study of gibbons (small apes)
for the betterment of the species. We disseminate our findings
through educational tours, publications and by traveling the world
assisting zoos and rescue centers.

1. Primate Keeper animal care and maintenance of the facilities
and grounds. Depending on the time of the year, work is 10-12 hours
per day beginning in early morning, 7 days per week. May also
include clerical and center assistant work (see below).

2. Center Assistant may (depending on skills, needs of the
Center and personal preference) do maintenance of grounds,
behavioral observations, cleaning of food preparation area, library
research, fundraising and word processing. Center Assistants must
keep a minimum distance of 2 meters from all enclosures that house

3. Clerical Assistant may (depending on skills, needs of the
Center and personal preference) do word processing, fund raising,
library research and behavioral observations.
GCC provides free lodging to resident volunteers in an older,
basic, travel trailer with free access to the bathroom, kitchen and
laundry in the house. The volunteers buy their own food and
personal items, which costs approximately $100 – 200 per month at
the local supermarkets (depending on the tastes of the volunteer).

Training lasting approximately one week is essential at GCC
because the volunteers have to follow strict procedures that are
mandated by law and our own goals of cleanliness, gibbon welfare and
breeding, and safety for people and gibbons. The training involves
working hands-on with an experienced primate keeper. Local
transportation is by train or bus, unless one of the staff happen to
be going into town.

How to Apply
Prospective volunteers should fill out the application on our
website, or email or
phone and request one, or write and request one through the mail.
They should then return the completed application with a cover
letter, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation.

Contact: Patricia Dahle or Ginger Stockdale, Volunteer Coordinators, , phone (9 am to 8 pm Pacific Time) Patricia, 661-943-4915 , fax: 661-296-1237 or write to:
Gibbon Conservation Center
Volunteer Coordinator
PO Box 800249
Santa Clarita, CA 91380

For additional information please go to our website: