OKC ZOO’S AAZK CHAPTER HOSTS APE-RIL FUNDRAISER BENEFITING GORILLA CONSERVATION
April 22, 2022
Show your love for gorillas and join the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s chapter of American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) at Fassler Hall OKC for its APEril Fundraiser in support of Cross River gorillas. OKC Zoo’s AAZK chapter is partnering with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction gorilla program to help protect and conserve the critically endangered Cross River gorilla and halt the decline of their fragile populations in Africa. Wildlife fans are encouraged to stop by Fassler Hall on Thursday, April 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. for a refreshing brew, $1 from every liter or half liter of beer sold goes to Cross River gorilla conservation efforts.
AZA’s SAFE gorilla program goal is to secure sustainable populations of all gorilla subspecies, with a targeted emphasis on protecting the fragile Cross River gorilla populations in Cameroon and Nigeria and halting the rapid decline of Grauer's gorilla populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Zoo is home to two troops of Western lowland gorillas, a family troop and a bachelor troop, and is committed to helping protect wild gorilla populations and their habitat. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) is one of the OKC Zoo’s legacy conservation partners and funds provided by the Zoo are used to support operations at the Karisoke Research Center, which is the base for DFGFI’s field activities.
In addition to supporting this APEril fundraiser, consider donating a cellphone to help save gorillas. Support the the Zoo in its efforts to protect wild gorillas and their habitat by donating old or used cellphones to the Gorillas on the Line Cell Phone Challenge now through Saturday, April 30, 2022. Donate a cellphone or small electronic and receive a free general Zoo admission ticket! Recycling old cellphones and electronics raises funds to directly support gorilla conservation initiatives through AZA’s SAFE gorilla program. Donated items can be dropped off for recycling in the Zoo’s Guest Services office located in the entry plaza during regular park hours.
To learn more about AZA’s SAFE programs visit www.aza.org/safe-species.
Come grab a bite and a brew at Fassler Hall OKC for a grAPE cause. The Oklahoma City Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. Purchase advance tickets for general admission at www.okczoo.org/tickets. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the OKC 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. Regular admission is $12 for adults and $9 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, Instagram, Linktree and TikTok, and by visiting our blog stories. To learn more about Zoo happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.