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World Gorilla Day Weekend Event Information

September 23-24, 2023, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 

Gorilla Angela sitting down

Schedule 

10 a.m.Education Stations Open (Treetops Terrace, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
10:30 a.m.Gorilla Keeper Talk: Caring for Angela (Campo Gorilla Reserve)
11 a.m.Musical Performance: Masanga Marimba (Treetops Terrace)
11:30 a.m.Gorilla Retail Pop-up Opens (Treetops Terrace, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
12 p.m.Angela & Lulingu Book Presentation + Meet-and-Greet with Author Brenda Scott Royce (Treetops Terrace)
12:30 p.m. Gorilla Keeper Talk: Caring for Angela (Campo Gorilla Reserve)
1 p.m.Musical Performance: Masanga Marimba (Treetops Terrace)
2 p.m.Angela & Lulingu Book Presentation + Meet-and-Greet with Author Brenda Scott Royce (Treetops Terrace)
2:30 p.m. Gorilla Keeper Talk: Caring for Angela (Campo Gorilla Reserve)
3 p.m.Musical Performance: Masanga Marimba (Treetops Terrace)

Event Details

GORILLA KEEPER TALKS (CAMPO GORILLA RESERVE, 10:30 A.M., 12:30 P.M., AND 2:30 P.M.)

Learn about the seven gorillas that call the Zoo home and what goes into caring for them.

ANGELA & LULINGU BOOK LAUNCH  (TREETOPS TERRACE, 12 P.M. & 2 P.M.)

Meet-and-greets with the author of Angela & Lulingu, the new children’s book starring our very own three-year-old gorilla, Angela.

EDUCATION STATIONS (TREETOPS TERRACE, 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.) 

COOKING UP CONSERVATION WITH HIGH EFFICIENCY STOVES 

Wood-burning stoves are essential tools used by people throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Learn how conservation nonprofit GRACE Gorillas and the L.A. Zoo have worked together to spread the usage of a high-efficiency stove that burns less wood and both saves gorilla habitat and helps humans. Build model stoves that could help conserve wood and compare them to the old and new models. Watch and listen to video and radio programming GRACE Gorillas uses to educate communities in the DRC and learn how conservation can benefit humans and wildlife.   

GREAT APES STATION 

What makes the great apes so great? At this station, discover how gorillas and other great apes are both similar and different from other primates. Through a series of games and activities, explore topics like opposable thumbs, extraordinary intelligence, and evolutionary history while gaining a deeper understanding of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. 

CONSERVATION PROJECTS STATION 

From saving pronghorns in California to funding wildlife corridors for gorillas in Africa, the L.A. Zoo is involved in conservation efforts both at home and around the world. At this station, learn how local projects contribute to the preservation of California native animals while also serving as a model for global conservation. Explore the interconnectedness of conservation efforts, emphasizing the role each of us plays in safeguarding wildlife everywhere. 

Taking Action for Gorillas STATION

Donate an unwanted handheld electronic device or $25 at this station and receive a gorilla brick kit, while supplies last. Before your visit, go to our donation tips page to learn how to prepare your handheld electronics for donation.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES: MASANGA MARIMBA ENSEMBLE (TREETOPS TERRACE, 11 A.M., 1 P.M., AND 3 P.M.) 

Enjoy live performances of music from Africa and Latin America.

GORILLA RETAIL POP-UP (TREETOPS TERRACE, 11:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M.)

Get a copy of Angela & Lulingu for author Brenda Scott Royce to autograph and browse other gorilla-themed merchandise available for purchase.