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The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating World Rhino Day on Friday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and World Gorilla Day Monday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both events are presented by Bob Moore Subaru and feature games, crafts, bio-facts plus other activities. All animal days are free to the public with Zoo admission. These global events bring attention to how individuals can help conserve and protect endangered species.

Rhinos may have thick skin, but it will take more than just their armor to protect them from extinction. On World Rhino Day, Friday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., conservation information stations will be set up in the elephant area and ZooZeum, where guests can learn how to help save rhinos and their natural habitat. Plus, the Bob Moore Subaru selfie station will be at the ZooZeum with custom filters celebrating World Rhino Day. Because the Zoo’s Indian rhinos, Niki and Chaundra, are currently adapting to their new home at Sanctuary Asia (opening September 28), they will not be viewable to guests. However, a special live-feed is being established so World Rhino Day attendees can see the duo in their new, state-of-the-art habitat.

 The OKC Zoo is also recognizing World Gorilla Day on Monday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Created by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI), World Gorilla Day provides the perfect platform for people to come together to celebrate gorillas, and more importantly, save these great apes. A special enrichment activity featuring some of the gorilla’s favorite treats will be take place at 10:30 a.m. at The Great EscApe. The Bob Moore Subaru selfie station will be on-site with special frames and filters marking the occasion. The Zoo is home to 12 gorillas, including two, Azinza and Finyezi, born within the last year.

Also on World Gorilla Day, the OKC Zoo is challenging organizations, schools and individuals to recycle their old or used cellphones to help save gorillas. By donating old electronics at Guest Services in the entry plaza, individuals can help to reduce the direct effect that cellphone production has have on wildlife and wild places. Coltan is a substance that is found in most small, electronic devices, and eighty-percent of the world's known supply is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mining for coltan threatens the habitats of gorillas, chimpanzees, okapi and many other endangered species. Plus, participants will be entered to win wild prizes, including animal art!

“Gorillas and rhinos are two of the world’s most unique and treasured species, and both require intensive conservation efforts to combat habitat loss, poaching and other factors contributing to their dwindling populations,” said Dr. Rebecca Snyder, curator of conservation and science. “Through programs like Round Up for Conservation, the Oklahoma City Zoo is committed to supporting boots-on-the-ground efforts to protect gorillas, rhinos and other vulnerable and endangered species in the wild while continuing our daily mission to educate and empower Zoo guests.”

To further its rhino conservation efforts, the OKC Zoo selected the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) as one of its two major conservation initiative partners for 2018. Funds raised from the OKC Zoo’s Round Up for Conservation program, a grassroots campaign that encourages Zoo guests to donate spare change from their purchases, has enabled the OKC Zoo to support a variety of local and global conservation programs, including IRF. IRF focuses its efforts on protecting vulnerable Indian rhinos and critically endangered black, Javan and Sumatran rhinos. These efforts include funding and training anti-poaching teams and translocating rhinos from overcrowded, protected areas to new protected areas, so that the population can grow.

The OKC Zoo provides financial support to DFGFI. This money has been used to support operation of the Karisoke Research Center, which is the base for DFGFI’s field activities. Take action for gorillas, and visit the Zoo on World Gorilla Day. Learn what you can do to help protect endangered gorillas in the wild and their habitat from our conservation and animal experts. Activities are free with Zoo admission. To learn more, visit 

Go Wild for wildlife and join the party at World Rhino Day and World Gorilla Day! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Oklahoma City Zoo is an Adventure Road partner and a member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. The Zoo proudly holds accreditations from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the American Association of Museums. Guests are welcome daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. Stay connected to the world of wild! Find the Zoo on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and visit Our Stories. To learn more, call (405) 424-3344 or visit


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