4 Things You Should Know About The First World Gorilla Day

ASHEBORO, N.C. -- You can help save endangered gorillas.

The North Carolina Zoo will celebrate the first ever World Gorilla Day on September 24. The day allows people all over the world to take action to help protect gorillas in the wild.

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Since 2007, the North Carolina Zoo has helped to save the rare Cross River gorilla in Nigeria. The Cross River gorilla is one of the most critically endangered primates in the world. Only about 300 Cross River gorillas remain.

You can help support the gorillas by visiting the North Carolina Zoo. You can attend the daily gorilla feedings at 11:30 a.m. The keeper talks are at 11:45 a.m.

Here Are 4 Things You Should Know About The NC Zoo’s Work To Help Gorillas

1. Dr. Rich Bergl, with the NC Zoo has developed and trained park rangers on how to use a data collection system based on rugged tables to better track illegal activities and movements of the gorillas. Dr. Rich Bergl said “I am proud to be part of the North Carolina Zoo’s efforts to save species in the wild. Our work with gorillas in Africa and around the world is helping to secure the future of wildlife and wild places.”

2. The NC Zoo is also teaming up with Emory University to conduct research on the threat posed by disease to the gorilla.

3. The NC Zoo is also teaming up with the Aeronautical Engineering Department at North Carolina State University to develop a drone for monitoring habitat loss. The drone will fly over forests to see where trees are being cut down so rangers can go in and help stop it.

4. The inaugural year for World Gorilla Day also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Karisoke Research Center, operated by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in Rwanda.

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