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OKC ZOO HOSTS WORLD CHIMPANZEE DAY PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

WHAT: 

The Oklahoma City Zoo is proud to celebrate our closest cousin in the animal kingdom on World Chimp Day, Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. World Chimp Day is a global celebration to generate support, raise awareness and attention for chimpanzees which are listed as endangered in the wild. The OKC Zoo is home to seven chimps, each with their own individual personalities and attitudes. World Chimp Day activities are free with regular Zoo admission and include an information station with bio-facts, activities for kids, photo opportunities, keeper chats and a special chimp enrichment activity at approximately 1:30 p.m.

WHEN: 

Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

WHERE: 

Great EscApe (Chimpanzee habitat located on the south side of Great EscApe, closest to Sanctuary Asia)

Chimpanzee Facts:

  • Chimpanzees are endangered. Roughly 175,000 to 300,000 chimpanzees are left in the wild. 
  • Chimpanzees are threatened by habitat destruction caused by logging and mining for coltan, a mineral used in electronics. You can recycle old cellphones in the Zoo’s Guest Services office.
  • Chimpanzees do not make good pets. Nearly 3,000 are taken from the wild each year for the pet trade, and most end up in zoos or sanctuaries as adults.
  • Humans and chimpanzees share 95 to 98 percent of the same DNA.
  • Chimpanzees use more tools for more purposes than any non-human animal.
  • Chimpanzees show affection much like humans do by embracing, patting on the back and touching hands.
  • Chimps can be found in 21 African countries, mostly in central Africa.
  • Chimpanzees are one of four types of “great ape.” The others are bonobos, gorillas and orangutans.
  • Chimpanzees can live up to 45 years in the wild.
  • At night, chimpanzees build sleeping nests in trees using branches and leaves.

Let’s cheer for chimps! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay connected with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. To learn more about other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

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