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Celebrating World Gorilla Day – ALL WEEK!
September 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join the Dallas Zoo to help give a voice to one of our closest relatives as they fight to survive in the wild. With the first-ever World Gorilla Day launching on Sept. 24, we’re celebrating these majestic animals with a FULL week of activities from Sept. 22-Sept. 28.
We’re on a mission to raise $10,000 for gorilla conservation AND we’re aiming to collect 300 recyclable cell phones – so please bring in your old ones! (You can drop them off at the Member Services booth or the Gorilla Research Station.) One of the biggest threats to wild gorillas is habitat destruction through coltan mining, which is a mineral widely used in cell phones.
All money raised during World Gorilla Week will go directly to our partners in Africa at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE).
GRACE needs our help to build two lookout towers to better protect and monitor their gorillas in this time of political unrest and instability in the Congo. And the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund needs our help to fund the salary of an anti-poaching ranger.
Daily activities from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout the park include:
• Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo: Send notes of gratitude, or draw a picture for gorilla conservation heroes in the field, and we’ll send them to our partners in Africa.
• Gorilla Research Station: Stop by the GRS to pick up gorilla trading cards, enjoy bio-facts, recycle your old cell phone, pledge to help save gorillas, and enjoy gorilla-themed activities.
• ZooNorth Breezeway: Purchase specially designed gorilla T-shirts ($15), stickers ($5), and commemorative wristbands ($5) or all 3 for just $20! And stroll through our gorilla-inspired art fair. Plus, snap fun, gorilla-themed photos with your friends and family.
• Wilds of Africa: Meet our gorilla keepers and resident gorillas during twice daily keeper chats at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the training demo area.
Please join us in creating a better world for endangered gorillas!