Barcelona Zoo celebrates the first World Chimpanzee Day in support of the conservation of the species
The Zoo wants to raise awareness about the problems facing the species, which is critically endangered, their natural habitat and the need to protect them
Barcelona Zoo will celebrate the First World Chimpanzee Day tomorrow, Saturday – a day with the aim of working towards the conservation of this species and raising awareness of the problems they face in their natural habitat which threaten their survival. The date chosen, 14 July, was the date back in 1960 when Dr Jane Goodall arrived in Gombe (Tanzania) to study the chimpanzees, making it a date to mark by holding the first world day dedicated to the species.
In order to make the public aware of the need to protect chimpanzees, the Zoo has been working with the Jane Goodall Institute in organising the event. Also participating in the day will be other organisations such as the Friends of Tacugama Association –Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, the Mona Foundation and SOS Primates, who will be at the Zoo with assorted information stands.
At 11.00 am, in the 120th anniversary room, the exhibition "Jane Goodall Institute: Protecting Chimpanzees" will be opened, showing Dr Jane Goodall’s professional achievements, and visitors can see it until the end of September. Also, throughout the day, various educational activities will take place around the chimpanzees’ enclosure, and at 11.30 there will be a presentation where the organisations taking part in the day will showcase their work.