I was so fortunate to spend time with Alan when I first met him in 1979 at his home in Chatsworth. Our first date was in one of his vintage Jaguar Cars and it broke down! lol From there we kept in touch through the years until once again we met at the FYH reunion and then subsequently dined together with another friend at Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park just before he passed. Rest in Peace my friend. You are thought of frequently and give me many laughs from the memories we made!
Love, here and there. Fewks
I am personally shocked after hearing about Allan Mootnick's passing away news. I remember I was introduced to Allan by Dr. Eudey at the 2009 ASP meeting in San Diego. It was my first ever very short meeting with Allan who had invited me to come over to Santa Clarita to visit his Gibbon Conservation Center. He also gave me one visiting card of his GCC. As today (18th June 2012) I came to know that the ASP is organising its annual fun run in Sacramento in memory of Allan, the news of his passing away saddened my heart. I send my deep condolence to the family members of Allan and also to all those attached with Allan's GCC.
I was just about to list Alan as a reference for a volunteer position I am applying for and typed his name on google.com to make sure I spelled his last name correctly when I saw an article stating he passed away. I can not believe it.
I met Alan 6 years ago while volunteering at the Center through LA Works. I always felt welcomed and appreciated by Alan. He opened up his home (the Center) to me and the volunteers I led unconditionally. A few years ago, I moved out of the area and started a family but always intended on coming back to the Center to say "Hi" to Alan and give a few hours of my time. I will always regret not being about to say goodbye and thank him for his wonderful spirit.
Just learned of Alan's passing, hard to believe. A very special person who made you feel that you were special just because you knew him. He enjoyed his life so much. He never tired of teaching about the love of his life, gibbons and siamangs. I hope there are hoolocks in heaven. He will be missed.
I am deeply saddened to hear of Alan's passing. Even though I met him only once, he left a deep impression on me. I was touched by his knowledge and his passion for his gibbons and his future hopes for his conservatory. It was too soon for his passing. RIP Alan.
I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of Alan's death. I volunteered at the GCC in 2007 and found Alan to be an inspiring person whose capacity for hard work and enthusiam for his gibbons was limitless. The GCC is a great and lasting legacy to this passion. I will always have fond memories of my time at the GCC. I pass on my condolences to his friends and family.
i am so sad to hear of alan's passing. what an amazing bright light he was. i was an honor to spend time with him at his gibbon reserve. so very dedicated and a deep, bright and kind soul. all the good and love created by him will continue on and on. much love to all his family and friends.
Alan will remain in a special place in the hearts of many as a prime example for all of us. Alan believed in his committment to the Gibbons, sharing his passion with everyone he came into contact with here at home, and around the world; he believed in what he was accomplishing and that strength of purpose should be a constant reminder to all of us to work diligently to make a difference every day through our own efforts in the years ahead.
My sincerest condolences to everyone affected by his loss within the Gibbon community, and to his family.
I remember when I was a little girl...maybe 10...so that was 33 years ago. Anyways, Alan had his first Gibbon,...her name was Stumpy. You see, Alan was dating my mom. Oh,...he had an assortment of creatures back then but Stumpy was special. ..always so very special. After connecting with Alan all these years later I feel so proud of him and all his love and accomplishments for these apes. You know Alan used to have all these jaguars,...and I remember riding in these fancy old two seaters. When I told him I remembered this he said" I sold the cats to save the apes"....and that's just what he did~ I am so very deeply sorry for the huge loss the apes must feel, and for his family, friends, co-workers too..just everyone!
with warm regards, Nikkol
I am so grateful to Alan for inspiring lots of visitors and volunteers, including myself. I know his passion will continue through his legacy and hard work. My thoughts go out to family, staff and gibbons.
I am deeply saddened to learn of Alan's passing, it has come as a great shock. I first met Alan when I came to the centre as a volunteer in 1999, and found him to be one of the most wonderfully idiosyncratic people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He was truly a one-off, with an abiding passion for the conservation of gibbons that he had made his life's work. My stays at the centre with Alan will always be some of my most cherished memories.
The world is a much poorer place without him.
I just went into the GCC site to donate my usual Christmas gift and read the news about Alan. What a shock. We met him last year on the way home from the Rose Bowl and were treated to a wonderful tour. RIP Alan you made the world a little more wonderful for animals and people alike.
I am just learning of this news, and it saddens me to no end. Alan was amazing! Truly a person who was an honor to know, an honor to volunteer for, and he has without a doubt touched many a life in his day. I am deeply saddened by his passing, and the gibbon world, and the whole world has lost an AMAZING person! My husband and I will ALWAYS remember the opportunity he gave us to volunteer with him, to learn from him, and we will always be grateful. My sincerest condolences to the staff, the gibbons (his children), and to his family.
November 30, 2011
I just heard the news about Alan's passing. It is a great shock. I volunteered there in 1996 and got to know him and the gibbons. It was an amazing experience. I have great admiration for Alan's committment and dedication to the gibbons and the center. I am comforted to hear that the center will continue without him though I imagine it will be very difficult without his prescence. My thoughts are with the employees, volunteers and gibbons who have been guided by Alan. May his legacy continue on.
I feel so blessed to have had Alan in my life. Surely, he's one amazingly unique person. He worked so hard to help Gibbons survive. May his work continue and his efforts reward those who endeavor to continue his vision. My prayers are singing "peace" to your soul.
I came in contact with Alan for sharing gibbon postcards. He was always so friendly and gave me interesting information about the animals he loved so much. I will miss his emails and I'm sad that I cannot knew him personally. Rest in peace - all the best for his family and friends.
For Alan and your beloved Gibbons,
I shall always remember you as you gave me my first opportunity to work with Apes...you were such an inspiration that I changed careers. As I work on my PhD I will continue to think of you, your hard work and passion, that ever lasting passion! I will miss you and all you did for Gibbon research and survival. I shall cherish the memories of living in the trailer as you allowed me and Max (my beloved Amazon) to come and learn. My prayers are with you and your Gibbons as your family and all the volunteers mourn your passing. You gave many a opportunity to learn, laugh and treasure our endangered species.
Alan was an inspiration for all of us who love gibbons. I mourn his passing and hope his work will continue with his dedicated friends. Alan gave so much of himself to conservation efforts for gibbons and he will be deeply missed...
Alan, your amazing passion for life and gibbons has truly been an inspiration to us all. I was very fortunate to know you for over 30 years, and I will deeply miss your friendship and wonderful sense of humor!
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.
What an amazing human being, a life to celebrate and honor. I considered Alan a family member I will miss his smile and most of all his laugh, if you were fortunate enough to meet him you know that laugh it was contagious. Sleep with the angels my friend your legacy of hard work, dedication and love will live through us forever.
My condolences to Alan's human family as well as his gibbon family; I'm sure he will be greatly missed by all.
I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer for Alan just months ago, and cannot believe he is gone.
He was truly an inspiration to me, and his encouraging words will motivate all my future pursuits in the field of primatology.
My friend, teacher….wildlife hero.
I will miss you as many will. You left us all too soon.
This is a tragic loss Asian apes and science.
Family and Friends of Alan,
I was saddened to hear of Alan's passing. Because I work at a zoo that houses gibbons, Alan would call or write to me on occasion to discuss them. I knew whenever I heard his voice on the other end of that phone line, I'd better set my other things aside because we were going to be talking for a while. And that was OK because Alan had a very pleasant voice. Some of his requests left me chuckling and wondering what on earth he was working on this time. But I knew his ultimate goal was for the benefit of Mother Earth's gibbons. My heartfelt condolences to Alan's family and friends.
Your gentle,sensitive,caring, and dedicated nature will be in the hearts and memories of the many people who were fortunate enough to spend time with you.
It is with deep feelings of sadness that we write this as we recall the happy times at your center and at animal rights and vegetarian events. When you told us you named one of the gibbons Milt, we felt even more of a connection to you and your important work.
Thank you for blessing the world with your being. You will be and are greatly missed.
With much affection,
Marlena Ross & Milton Wolpin
What an amazing & smart man. I worked at the Gibbon Center in 1995-1996 as a volunteer. Working there was what influenced me to be a Biology major in college & to have a life-long love of all primates but especially gibbons. Thank you for all your work with these special primates & you will be very missed.
Thank you for your passion and love for the gibbons.....my visit to the center to hear the gibbon's sign will be a special memory for my lifetime. I know you will continue to watch over your special primates.
Oh my, I am shocked & so saddened. The gibbons will certainly mourn him as well. Oh dear, I expected he'd do so much more for yrs to come. I'm stunned, I can't believe this, it is tragic. Oh dear. A great debt of gratitude is owed Alan for all his dedication to the gibbons and to raising awareness about them by educating so many people about them. Thank you, Alan. Perhaps you can come back as one!
What a wonderful and special man. Thank you, Mr. Mootnick, for saving the rare and extremely beautiful gibbons. Blessings.
When my daughter and son-in-law (who is very intrested in primates) visited me in Los Angeles from Atlanta nine years ago, I arranged for us to take a tour of the Gibbon Center. We ended up staying after the tour and had the pleasure getting to know Alan. Of course, we had disinfected our shoes, but we were infected by Alan's warmth, charm, and passion for gibbons.
I now live in Atlanta too. We were saddened to learn of Alan's passing by reading his obituary today in the "New York Times," an honor and recognition he well deserved. In our opinions, the McArthur Foundation should have given him one of its genius awards.
My family has known Alan for 40+ yrs..my dad helped Alan start the Gibbon compound. I have always loved and felt like Alan was my brother. We have many memories that will forever be in our hearts. We share our loss as the world and Gibbons will. Rest in peace my dear sweet brother. When I see you we will go to a movie!!!!! MY LOVE
Alan, It was a beautiful celebration of your life today. The service was full to capacity. You will live on in so many hearts. A candle is lite for you today...
Alan, Always a friend of the gibbons, you will be truly missed. Your commitment and work will continue to inspire. May you protect the gibbons from above. xx
When I began volunteering for Alan and the Gibbon Center back in 1993, I had no idea how much Alan would affect my life. He provided direction and focus, and a means for me to feel I was helping improve the world with his work protecting endangered gibbons. I always had great respect and affection for him and was so amazed at what he had accomplished with hard work, curiosity, and a noble spirit. I'll miss him so much. What a good and unique hero and treasure he was!
Dear GCC's family,
We having a great lost of our dear friend Alan, a simple, sweet and humor person who worked very hard all his life to support gibbon conservation worldwide. May God put him in peace. All our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to the family and friends for the loss of our great friend Alan.
I will never forgotten his friendship and I am glad be one of his best friend.
Good Bye My Friend, my brother..my mentor, your spirit will always inspiring us to saving our gibbons..we will continue your works
GOD BLESS YOU and Always with you to Your next Journey..
Javan Primates Conservation Project
Alan, I am so thankful that I had the chance to volunteer with you and that I will continue to volunteer with the gibbons. I will miss joking around with you and sharing hilarious stories. Thank you for all you did for gibbons and for the people in your life.
I met Alan three years ago when he came my way with a Vision to move the Gibbons to Ventura County. My colleague Terry Adams and I worked with him to find the perfect location. We didn't find it while he was alive, but we will work hard to find it in his name. We believe in his hard work with the Gibbons and his Vision. We Thank God for giving us an opportunity to know him and the Gibbons. God Bless...
I am honored to have had the opportunity to have spent a season in this life in the presence of such a unique and extraordinary person. God bless Alan Mootnik's memory...God bless the GCC.
I went to Alan in hopes of learning about gibbons. Instead,in the brief time I knew him, I learned what it means to have devotion and passion for life -a lesson I'll treasure the rest of my life. Thanks Alan...
Alan, you are always my best friend and will miss you so much. You are my hero helping the most critical species on earth, Javan gibbon, that with your help they are surviving up to now. Without you, our rehabilitation center for the gibbons will not be there. But your persistence and passion about gibbons that makes everyone here in Indonesia very fortunate. Thanks Alan, good by my friend, we are always remember you. Jatna Supriatna, Prof of COnservation Biology, University of Indonesia and Vice Chairman of Javan Gibbon Rehabilitation Center, Indonesia.
Such a shocking loss of a truly amazing individual. He taught us not just about the gibbons, but also about living your passion in life.
I will always be grateful for Alan and the way he truly cared about the welfare of gibbons and siamangs. I will always be grateful to Alan for providing an opportunity for all of us to care about them as well. Alan was a leader, a teacher, a visionary and a pioneer who exemplified a “can-do” spirit and showed how a little creativity and hard work can evolve into a life's dream. In short, he inspired many of us by living “the example” and showing that “one person can make a difference.” Alan will always be one of the most amazing persons I've had the pleasure of knowing and I will miss his sense of humor and his compassion for all living things. Bless you Alan.
It has been an honor to know Alan and to work with his precious gibbons. As we became friends, he shared more of his droll and unique humor with me. He trusted me to care for his beloved baby gibbons for which I am forever grateful. His life and work were a gift from God to the world. Goodbye and Godspeed to a good man.
The endangered apes, the gibbons, have lost a great friend.
Alan, I will miss your passion for the Gibbion's for educating me about the apes not monkeys! I will miss talking to you at the different celebrations at Dawn's house that you sometimes attended. I will miss the camaraderie of being able discuss the issues of running an environmental organization with you. The best groups to give abandoned animals that we found on our job sites. Thanks for the banana trees you gave Dawn which she gave in turn to me. They give wonderful bananas! You were a true "Renascence Man"...
DeAna Vitela-Hayashi, - Founder, Director, AquaBio Environmental Technologies, Inc.
So shocked to hear the news.... Alan was such a wonderful humble soul who quietly did so much for others. No ego which is so rare today. Proud to have had him as a friend since we were 13 years old. We are stunned and will miss him terribly.
I met Alan in 1975 when I came to visit friends in California. We became very close like brothers. I ended up staying for 12 years.The whole time we were great friends. We could always count on each other for support.we worked together and shared a million laughs. Since I left california in 1987 back to canada I have missed those great times. I know your on the other side reading this buddy.thanks for being a brother, you will always be in my heart and thoughts God bless.
Alan's cousin, Geri-ann introduced us to Alan many years ago. We witnessed Alan's devotion, hard work and comittment to what he beleived in. The world is a better place for having Alan in it and our lives are richer for having known him.. Our love and best wishes to his family.
Sheri T. &H.H. Irregulars (Beverly Hills,Ca.)
Alan was a friend and mentor to me for many years. We were recently planning on working on our PhDs together. I would not be the person I am today, if Alan was not a part of my life. Each one of us who volunteer at GCC had a very special and unique relationship with Alan, and the specialness we shared with him will be ours forever. I feel very blessed and fortunate to have had him in my life, and I will miss his company and his infectious giggle so incredibly much. I will have him in my heart forever, as will all of you. Love never dies, and a special part of Alan will remain alive within each one of us. Namaste.
My son, Alex, and I became "hooked" on working at the GCC when our friend, Dia, introduced us three years ago. For Alex's Bar Mitzvah project, he donated several baskets of needed items to Alan for the gibbons. Since then, we helped in the summers and at the fundraisers. Alan was passionate and insightful about his work, and an amazing conservationist in its purist form. His expertise and vision will be sincerely missed.
Alan, your passion and excitement were an inspiration for me, and I know I'm far from alone. Thank you for all you have done, and that your memory and legacy will continue to do.
You were a unique and wondrous human being whose dedication to the gibbons was amazing. Your accomplishments were extraordinary, you helped make the world better. Your warmth, humor, and love for your animals will contnue to be an inspiration to many.
You will me missed, but you will not be forgotten.
I am grateful everyday for the opportunity you gave me to live my dream by allowing me to share your dream. You will be missed.
Alan, you added so much to my life and my son's life. You have been an inspiration and we admire your dedication to conservation. Your work and dreams will carry on as we continue what you so lovingly started so many years ago and grew into this amazing, wonderful sanctuary that is The Gibbon Conservation Center. I remember your laughter, our long talks, your mischievous smile, the way you loved my cooking, watching you talk with my son, seeing your little boy sparkle and knowing your dreams. I miss you, we all miss you - but life has been so enriched by your presence. I heard the Gibbons singing that morning and saw you so clearly smiling, shining in light and at peace. Thank you for all the knowledge you passed along, for your friendship, for everything. You will always be alive in the songs your gibbons sing - alive because of all the work you have done. The world is sadder today, but your legacy will live on. with love and admiration, D&G
Alan, you have been such a good friend to me. Everytime I see a gibbon I have always thought of you too, "What would Alan think about this gibbon or, about it's behavior?" I so admired your limitless energy and strength. And I love the gentleness and caring that is you. I will miss you so very much.
You will always be in our hearts... Your admirable dedication to conservation and our precious gibbons has been an inspiration and will live on in the work of all those you've inspired.
Love always, Ruben & Dounia
I will miss you forever, my friend. Sadness consumes me but I, as well as all the others who loved you, will make sure your dreams will materialize.
God bless you my friend, you will be missed by all
Alan, you were, and are always an inspiration. Singleminded in your focus and dedication. We have lost a real expert and a champion for the gibbons. Your legacy will live on and the gibbons will thrive. I'm sorry to say goodbye to such a unique friend, teacher and conservationist much too early. RIP Alan.
Alan, I will always remember your kind and gentle way. Your life ended too soon but few people can make an impact on the world as you have. You will certainly be missed.
Love, Carol, Chuck, Gina, Joe and Leslie Rozner
Rest in Peace Alan Mootnick.
You will be dearly missed. You were such a wonderful person full of dedication and devotion. Thank you for everything you taught me and for the possibility to learn so much about Gibbons. You were always a great inspiration. It is so sad that the world lost such a unique person today. There is nobody like you - nobody who can fill up huge plates of salad at the soup plantation like you did, nobody who has got the same unusual sense of humor, nobody who is able put so much vegetables and fruits into his car or seperate the garabage that accurately. ;-) I hope you will keep your sense of humor in eternity!
Thank you for a wonderful time at the Gibbon Conservation Center two years ago, thank you for everything - You will always be in my heart! We will miss you!!!
Sincere condolences to your family and friends.
Thanks Alan, for introducing me to your beautiful gibbon friends and for trusting me to help care for them for a few months. I will always think of you and that time with a smile and do what I can to support them and your cause.
I never met you but a friend of mine told me about you and the work you do. It is so very important and you will be greatly missed by friends and family alike. Your Gibbons I am sure are missing you the most. I had wanted to go to one of your Breakfasts, but was unable to attend and now I am so sorry that I will not get to meet you. I hope the foundation is able to stay open for the sake of the animals. My sympathies to Alan's friends and family.
Alan, Now you can take care of "all" the gibbons! Love you and miss you!
Your beautiful spirit will live through the gibbons. I will truly miss you Alan. Rest in peace. Love, Joy.
I told you this about 5 years ago, but I want to share it with others now.
First, you gave me my first real interaction with a "wild animal" by allowing me to sit with and photograph Spanky, Chan and the baby. I have NEVER forgotten that.
You are and will continue to be an advocate for the gibbons of the world, and I will do my best to make sure you work continues.
Most importantly, the biggest you had on my life was when you were angry with me. Phil was working with you, painting houses, and I wasn't happy about his time away from me. You were so right, Phil was doing what a future husband needed to be doing and I did not see it until you had "that talk" with me. That was the very best thing you could have done for me and for us. I owe you a lot of thanks for making me become a better wife to Phil and we just celebrated 30 years. I will love you for that, especially, forever! Susie
Alan, I can't believe you're gone. You were an amazing guy -- a serious respected scholar, with a playful (dare I say juvenile?) sense of humor. You accomplished so much in your life, and all on your own. I'm so proud to be your cousin, and I'm really really going to miss you.
Alan..........you will be sooo missed. I am having trouble assimilating all this.
I am going to make you part of our living room..........you had sent me a fake poop ( I hope it was fake) a few years ago, with some of the old 1950's metal chairs................the chairs are in the yard, the poop is going on the wall in the living room....for everyone to admire. So you will be in my living room every day.
Love and miss you,