Rocky to mark World Chimp Day

The Morning Bulletin - - ON THE RECORD -

ROCK­HAMP­TON Zoo will to­day host a se­ries of spe­cial keeper talks to mark the first World Chim­panzee Day, an ini­tia­tive to stim­u­late both wild and cap­tive chim­panzee care and con­ser­va­tion com­mu­ni­ties and to en­gage and ed­u­cate au­di­ences and net­works.

Parks Com­mit­tee chair Coun­cil­lor Cherie Ruther­ford said Rock­hamp­ton Zoo was proud to take part in the global cam­paign.

“As the only zoo in Queens­land which has chim­panzees, this is a cause close to the heart for many of our keep­ers who care for the group here in Rock­hamp­ton,” she said.

“We’ll have our life sciences co-or­di­na­tor hold­ing talks at the chimp en­clo­sure on the hour from 11am to 2pm so if you’re vis­it­ing make sure you pop by and say hello.

“Our group here in Rocky def­i­nitely has a spe­cial place in the com­mu­nity’s heart so it’s im­por­tant that we cap­i­talise on their pop­u­lar­ity to ed­u­cate vis­i­tors about the plight of chim­panzees in the wild.”

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