Joining wildlife advocates and conservation leaders around the world, Lion Country Safari is inviting park guests to participate in an event in honor of the first ever World Chimpanzee Day.
Set for Saturday, July 14, this year’s event at Lion Country Safari will feature special VIP tours with limited space that guests can participate in for an additional fee, which will be donated to chimp conservation. In addition to offering celebratory chimp-themed activities in Safari World, the park also hopes to share conservation messaging about wild chimps.
In honor 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 human care as an endangered species.
The goals of World Chimpanzee Day are to celebrate humanity’s 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.
July 14 has particular significance, as it is the day that Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace, first began her research of the now world-famous chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania.
Lion Country Safari cares for 16 chimpanzees between the ages of 12 and 50 and is the only drive-through safari in South Florida. Guests can see more than 1,000 animals on 320 acres. The park is also home to the largest herd of zebras in the country.
For more info., call (561) 793-1084 or visit www.lioncountrysafari.com.