We are thrilled to share that the inaugural World Chimpanzee Day on 14 July was a worldwide success! The hashtag #WorldChimpanzeeDay was used thousands of times and the campaign reached millions of people around the globe. Closer to home, JGIA and our partners held WCD events across Australia including JGIA’s Climb for Chimps in NSW and QLD, a screening of JANE the documentary in Melbourne, a t-shirt fundraising campaign in SA, as well as chimp zookeeper talks and fundraising at Taronga Zoo.
Rockhampton Zoo also celebrated WCD and sent us this fun report from their day “We celebrated with a number of activities including chimp talks on the hour throughout the day. Council staff made up large banners to publicise the day and all the talks were based around the progress made by JGI in Central and Eastern Africa as well as promoting JGI’s mobile phone recycling program. There was a table with examples of humanoid skulls and chimpanzee activity books were given out to children. Outside the zoo, staff held a sausage sizzle and sold merchandise to help raise funds for a Liberian chimpanzee sanctuary.”
On behalf of all of the amazing chimpanzees around the world, thanks to everyone who participated in making this day so special. Please help us keep the momentum high by visiting World Chimpanzee Day and following JGIA’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.