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World Gorilla Day
September 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Louisville Zoo is celebrating World Gorilla Day on Sunday, September 23! Head over to Gorilla Forest to help us celebrate gorillas, hear about western lowland gorillas and see how you can take action to help their relatives in the vanishing wild.
Visit Gorilla Forest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests will get a chance to hear from our gorilla keepers and ask questions. Take a fun selfie with some World Gorilla Day props and spread the word about gorillas to your friends!
Western lowland gorillas are considered critically endangered with an estimated 100,000 left in the remnant wild. Due to habitat destruction primarily caused by mining, logging and agricultural expansion, their numbers continue to decline. Coltan mining in particular is impacting the gorilla population. Coltan is a black metallic mineral that is used in nearly every electronic device today including cell phones. The Louisville Zoo partners with Louisville-based organization Eco-Cell to collect old cell phones and help reduce the need for additional mining in and around gorilla habitats. The bushmeat trade and the Ebola virus are also major threats.
Visit worldgorilladay.com for more information and resources, along with a list of all participating organizations.