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We’re celebrating the first World Chimpanzee Day tomorrow when visitors can get their hands on primate paintings by our seven gorgeous girls.

Ape artwork by Fanny, Malaika, Mandy, Mali, Barbie, Banika and Binti will be on sale in our chimp indoor viewing area throughout the day.

All proceeds will go to The Jane Goodall Institute towards the care, protection and conservation of endangered chimps.

July 14th has been chosen as the day to mark World Chimpanzee Day as it’s the date Dr Jane Goodall DBE – founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace – began her research of the now world famous chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania back in 1960.

DZG Senior Primate Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “It’s so exciting to be part of the first ever World Chimpanzee Day and be raising awareness and funds for these incredible animals.

“Our seven females have been busy with their brushes creating some original art to raise money for the Jane Goodall Institute which launched this special day which will be celebrated every July 14.”

In a statement Dr Jane Goodall said: “Because of the threats faced by the chimpanzees, because they are so special, I do hope you will join us on this very first World Chimpanzee Day, to highlight the amazing nature of these beings, and to shed light on the threats that they face.”

In honour of humankind’s closest cousin, World Chimpanzee Day is a celebration of chimpanzees and an opportunity to raise awareness about the vital need for worldwide participation in their care, protection, and conservation in the wild and in captivity as an endangered species.

The goals of World Chimpanzee Day are to celebrate our closest living great ape relative in the animal kingdom; raise awareness about threats they face in the wild including habitat loss, disease, and wildlife trafficking; and to promote their proper care in captive situations.