First chimp day funds

Primate paintings produced by DZG chimps to mark the first World Chimpanzee Day have pulled in over £400 to help their wild cousins.

Chimp conservation charity The Jane Goodall Institute has just sent us a certificate of achievement to thank our generous visitors for the £430 raised from the sale of canvasses and other souvenirs featuring artwork from our seven gorgeous chimps.

Money raised from the brushstrokes of Fanny, Malaika, Mandy, Mali, Barbie, Banika and Binti will be used by the research, education and conservation charity towards the care, protection and conservation of chimps in the wild.

DZG Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “We were so excited to celebrate the first World Chimpanzee Day and our ape artwork proved very popular with visitors.

“We sold out of all the canvases which our girls painted and were delighted to receive the certificate from the Jane Goodall Institute thanking us for the donation.”

World Chimpanzee Day will be celebrated each year on July 14 – 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.

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.

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