Tuesday, April 17, 2012

4/17/12: Franklin Park Zoo's Ape Awareness Day

We love going to the Franklin Park Zoo and since the weather is so nice it is the perfect time to go there.  Would you believe the Franklin Park Zoo is kicking off its 100th summer season this year?

They have a special event coming up on April 29th It is Ape Awareness Day at Franklin Park Zoo, Raise Consciousness for Primates! from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

WHAT:              Visit Franklin Park Zoo on April 29 to learn more about apes, their behaviors, habitats, and the threats they face in the wild. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about our own western lowland gorilla family, ask questions, and educate yourself on all of the fascinating ape species!

Schedule of Events:
11:00 AM: Meet Dr. Zarin Machanda who will hold a discussion and Q and A session on primates in the Tropical Forest classroom.

11:45 AM: Meet the zookeepers who care for the western lowland gorillas and have the opportunity to ask them questions.

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Observe local artist Jen Bradley as she draws the gorillas.

2:00 PM: Meet the zookeepers who care for the western lowland gorillas and have the opportunity to ask them questions.
Kissing 2 Kiki - credit Eric Antoniou

GUESTS:           Dr. Zarin Machanda received her PhD from the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Her research revolves around understanding the factors that shape the quality and development of social relationships among primates, specifically chimpanzees. Dr. Machanda has spent nearly three years living and conducting research in western Uganda.

Jen Bradley is a local artist who began visiting Franklin Park Zoo in 1994 to draw inspiration from the gorilla exhibit. For nearly 20 years, Bradley has continued to draw the Zoo’s gorillas in an ongoing series she likes to call The Ape Drawing Project. Jen takes her Zoo drawings into the studio and uses them as direct inspiration for making her paintings.

TICKETS:          Franklin Park Zoo Admission: $16.00 for adults; $13.00 for seniors (62+); $10.00 for children (2-12); children under 2 are free.
On April 29, recycle your old cell phone at either Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo to receive $1.00 off admission!

WHERE:             Franklin Park Zoo
One Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA
INFO:            Call 617-541-LION or visit www.franklinparkzoo.org

No comments: