”Be a Champ for Chimps"
World Chimpanzee Day at the L.A. Zoo
Chimp Chats at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. – An education specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their mealtime routines. And, you could meet a chimpanzee keeper!
Enrichment Demo 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on perimeter road by chimpanzee penthouse – What is enrichment? Designed to promote natural behaviors, enrichment activities are offered to animals at the zoo every day! Our team of staff and volunteers work to create habitat features, puzzles, and playthings to promote the physical and mental well-being of our animal residents.
Chimpanzee Observation Station 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – World Chimpanzee Day is held on July 14 because that’s the date in 1960 when Dr. Jane Goodall first stepped foot in what is now Gombe Stream National Park to study wild chimpanzees. Practice being a primatologist like Dr. Goodall by learning how zoological scientists observe chimpanzee behavior and facial expressions as the chimps go about their day.
And more! Free with admission or membership.
The chimpanzee troop that the L.A. Zoo cares for is one of the largest in North America. Learn about the three generations of chimps living here, and how they engage in a “fission-fusion” social structure, just as they do in the wild. Their interactions are dynamic and changing, and when you attend a Chimp Chat or visit on World Chimpanzee Day, you can observe the full variety of chimpanzee behavior, from playtime and bonding to conflict and time spent solo, to better understand and identify with this endangered species.
Chimpanzee Conservation at the L.A. Zoo
- The rich, ecologically diverse forests in Africa are often referred to as “the bush,” and animals caught and killed for food are called bushmeat. The practice of obtaining bushmeat has long existed in Africa, however, as access to both forests and other communities has increased, hunting has begun to have a severe impact on several animal populations, and subsequently ecosystems, in Africa. The L.A. Zoo supports different organizations as they attempt to curb the practice of obtaining bushmeat in Africa.
- To educate communities about bushmeat practices in Cameroon, the Pandrillus Foundation funds the Limbe Wildlife Center. At the Center, Cameroonians can visit captive populations of drills, mandrills, gorillas, and chimpanzees, amongst other primate species. Many Cameroonians never encounter these primates in any form other than bushmeat, and by seeing them alive, healthy, and well cared-for, the Center hopes to foster a sense of pride in the people of Cameroon about the wide variety of rare species endemic to their home country (which has the second highest primate diversity in Africa). Further understanding of the primates’ condition in Cameroon will hopefully lead to a decrease in the bushmeat market.
- The L.A. Zoo has also granted funding to the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP), which is part of the academic partnership between Drexel University and the Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial. BBPP works to conserve biodiversity on the African island of Bioko, both by providing funding for unarmed guards in the Gran Caldera (a highly biodiverse volcanic crater) and by conducting daily surveys of the largest bushmeat market on the island. By conducting bushmeat surveys, the BBPP can track island hunting patterns and collect tissue samples of the species that are brought into the market to further research and understanding.
- Los Angeles Zoo Curator of Mammals Candace Sclimenti traveled to Africa in 2016 to exchange expertise with staff working with chimpanzees in Gabon. Read parts one, two, and three of her blog about the trip.
- Los Angeles Zoo Primate Expert Teams Up With U.S. Zoos for Rare International Great Ape Workshop in China
- Chimpanzee Info
World Chimpanzee Day is a collaborative effort between the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN Primate Specialist Group, the Jane Goodall Institute, Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue, North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, and World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.