Our seven chimpanzee girls are leading the double celebrations today, as not only is it World Chimpanzee Day, but it’s also Black Country Day too!
In honour of the regional event, we’re flying the Black Country flag above Dudley Castle as we proudly celebrate our bostin’ heritage and having relocated to the Black Country 23 year-ago, our chimp girls, Mandy, Fanny, Barbie, Malaika, Binti, Mali and Banika are certainly honouree locals, as keepers decorated the chimp paddock with flags too!
If you’re visiting us on Saturday, make sure you head to our chimp viewing area, where we’ll be holding a fundraising day as part of our World Chimpanzee Day festivities in aid of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, based in Uganda, which was recently visited by Lower Primates Senior Keeper Harley Hunt.
During the day we’ll be raising awareness for the project, which studies the behaviour, ecology and physiology of the wild chimpanzees living in the Kibale National Park as well as selling canvases, painted during enrichment sessions with the girls here on site. Find out more about the work of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project HERE.
There’ll also be the chance to win a chimpanzee cuddly toy in a guess the name game.
Plus, join keeper Harley at 1.30pm for an additional conservation talk about humankind’s closest living relative.