Alan was truly an inspiration and source of incredible wisdom, not to mention possessor great good humor to those fortunate to know him. I will always remember the sanctuary he not only provided his beloved gibbons, but also the serenity and sanctuary his center gave to my late husband, Tom Leavey. Tom was a musician and good friend of Alan's as well as frequent visitor to the Center. At one time, Alan allowed Tom to record some gibbons for a song he was thinking about. Many a morning would Tom ride his bike over to visit Alan, share some jokes, and of course visit the gibbons. Leon was a big favorite! When I visited the center after Tom's passing, Alan offered me comfort and talked to me at length about his conversations with Tom, and offered special insight into what was such a fascination to my husband. Alan, you were truly one of a kind and I hope that you and Tom are sharing some wonderful moments again.