Blank Park Zoo is helping save wild chimpanzees

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Blank Park Zoo is helping save wild chimpanzees

Nov 2, 2011
Blank Park Zoo is helping save wild chimpanzees
Blank Park Zoo Conservation is asking for the public’s support in this project.
 
For Immediate Release
DES MOINES, Iowa (Nov. 2, 2011) - Blank Park Zoo Conservation is announcing a partnership with a team of 27 Ugandan Chimpanzee Ambassadors from the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. One way the Zoo is assisting this team is by asking for the public to donate essential gear and equipment.
 
“We’re looking for everyday items we take for granted here in Iowa, but can be impossible to find in Uganda,” said Jessie Lowry, conservation coordinator for Blank Park Zoo. “We need items like hiking boots, flashlights, raingear, multipurpose tools, GPS units and cameras.”
 
The Ugandan team works in the African rainforest monitoring wild chimpanzee troops and other rare animals while protecting them from poaching and capture for the illegal pet trade. They also educate local communities about preservation of habitat and reforestation techniques. 
 
Blank Park Zoo will be collecting and shipping these items to the team in Uganda by the end of the year. To donate items or money, please contact Blank Park Zoo at 515-285-4722. To learn more about the partnership, go to www.blankparkzoo.com/chimps.
 
To learn more about Pan African Sanctuary Alliance go to: http://www.ngambaisland.org

About Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo, Iowa’s WILDEST Adventure, will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. beginning November 1, 2011. Winter admission rates are $6.95 for adults, $2.95 for children under 12, and $4.95 for seniors and active military. Children two years and under and Blank Park Zoo members are free. The Zoo is located at 7401 SW 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50315. Visit the Zoo online at . The Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) The AZA is America’s leading accrediting organization that sets rigorous, professional standards for zoos and aquariums. The AZA is building North America's largest wildlife conservation movement by engaging and inspiring the 143 million annual visitors to its member institutions and their communities to care about and take action to help protect wildlife.
 
 Ugandan Chimpanzee Ambassadors

Pictured: The Ugandan Chimpanzee Ambassadors
In the attached file is a picture of a previous Blank Park Zoo donation of old Zoo uniforms donated when the zoo changed its uniform style.
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