News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
September 19, 2017
NOTE: Images of gorillas at Brookfield Zoo can be downloaded here:
World Gorilla Day at Brookfield Zoo
            Brookfield, Ill.—Venture out to Brookfield Zoo on Sunday, September 24, to celebrate the first-ever World Gorilla Day—a day that highlights this charismatic species and empowers people globally to take action for gorilla conservation.

Young zoogoers can participate in fun gorilla-themed activities throughout the day. In addition, there will be special zoo chats at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the walkway in Tropic World: Africa. During these informal talks presented by the animal care staff, guests can learn about the zoo’s gorillas as well as discover how people can help conservation efforts for this critically endangered animal.

One way is by recycling cell phones and other electronic devices. Coltan, a mineral widely used in cell phones, is threatening gorillas and other forest species in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The deforestation and mining for coltan has significantly impacted the gorilla population in its native habitat. Recycling and extending the life of electronic devices helps reduce the demand for coltan mining.

Guests are encouraged to drop off their phones and other unwanted items, including cell phone accessories, pagers, handheld games, e-readers, and laptops, to the recycling stations that are always located at the zoo’s north and south gates, In addition, there will be additional recycling stations in Tropic World the day of the event.

For more information about World Gorilla Day, visit or call (708) 688-8000.
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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