West Palm Beach, FL – Joining wildlife advocates and conservation leaders around the world, Lion Country Safari is inviting park guests to participate in an event in honor of World Chimpanzee Day on July 14, 2019. This year’s event at Lion Country Safari will highlight the park’s role at the forefront of chimpanzee conservation and will feature special VIP tours (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 will also share conservation messaging about wild chimps and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Chimp SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) program.
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 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.
July 14th has particular significance, as it is the day that Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace, first began her research of the now world famous chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. To learn more about World Chimpanzee Day, visit worldchimpanzeeday.org.
Lion Country Safari cares for 18 chimpanzees between the ages of 13 and 51 years and is the only drive-through safari in South Florida. Guests can see over 1,000 animals on 320 acres. The park is also home to the largest herd of zebras on record in the country. For more information, please call the main office at (561) 793-1084 or visit us online at www.lioncountrysafari.com.