Celebrate World Gorilla Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo Thursday, Sept. 24.
Go above and beyond to help gorillas by donating old or used cell phones to the Gorillas on the Line Cellphone Challenge and receive a free Zoo admission ticket! Small electronics frequently contain coltan and mining for this substance threatens the habitats of gorillas and other endangered species. When individuals donate used phones or other electronics, the coltan from those devices is re-used and reduces the need to mine for the compound in gorilla habitats. Gorilla fans that donate a cellphone from Saturday, Sept. 19 through Wednesday, Sept. 23, will receive a free general admission ticket to the Zoo. These items can be dropped off for recycling in the Zoo’s guest experience office in the Entry Plaza.
World Gorilla Day activities are planned from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Zoo grounds and include a scavenger safari with prizes, photo opportunities presented by Bob Moore Subaru, Facebook live videos and more. All activities are free with Zoo admission. To learn more, visit okczoo.org or call (405) 425-0262.
Created by The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI), World Gorilla Day, is a global effort that connects people to gorillas while raising awareness for the conservation of these great apes and their habitat. DFGFI is one of the OKC Zoo’s 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.