Gibbon Conservation Center – Santa Clarita, California


Last week Phy Gyi’s infant, both Gibbons sheltered at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, California, successfully underwent an inguinal hernia repair thanks to successful collaboration between The Conservation Center and Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine faculty Dr. Lyon Lee and Dr. Ohad Levi.


A few days earlier, Dr. Howard Martin, a specialist at the Center, noticed that the infant had a bulge on his lower abdomen which turned out to be an inguinal hernia.  Though the hernia was small and manageable when Dr. Martin first assessed him, a few days later the staff noticed that the hernia had gotten larger.  The veterinarians on staff decided the best course of action was to go into surgery to repair the hernia and avoid a life threatening emergency.  Because the infant was only three weeks old and a mere 600 grams, The Conservation Center contacted Western University of Health Sciences for their support.


With Dr. Lee, an anesthesiologist at WesternU, monitoring the little guy closely, Dr. Levi and Dr. Martin were able to perform the very difficult and delicate hernia repair operation.  One week later, Phy Gyi and her infant are continuing to develop their bond; the little guy is feeling well and has a very healthy appetite!


If you would like to help us we could still use formula and diapers just contact us via phone/email/message:

Physical Address: 19100 Esguerra Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

Mailing Address: PO Box 800249, Santa Clarita, CA 91380

Direct Line: 661-296-2737

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