Born: July 2, 1975

Name: Gary

Sex: male

Companion: Currently single

Favorite Food: Mangos

Favorite Activity: Beating the neighboring gibbons at acrobatics


Gary arrived at IPPL in 2013 with his mate, Kendra, a daughter, and a son. They had been living in a tourist attraction that was closing. Gary is a petite, blond gibbon with lustrous pale fur. Upon arrival, we could hardly believe that Gary was the dad of his son, Thai who was twice his size!

We soon learned this petite gibbon had brittle bones and a broken arm. A specialist from Illinois felt it had stabilized and no surgery was required. Unfortunately, he broke the other arm; it was beyond repair and had to be amputated. But being an amputee has not slowed this adorable little gibbon down at all. Gary is quite the acrobat and gracefully flips, spins, and twirls all over his outdoor enclosure – making the most of every day.

After Kendra passed, Gary was introduced to Chloe and they lived together until 2023 when Chloe also passed.

Animal Care staff members have seen nearby gibbons attempting to imitate Gary’s uniquely smooth moves, especially the ones with lots of arm action. So for Gary’s birthday in 2022, his 2.5-story enclosure was modified with many platforms, ladders, ropes, bamboo, and sunshades to keep this happy, active little gibbon stimulated.