Celebrate World Chimp Day with a virtual talk!

Published on 13 July 2020


Rockhampton Regional Council are providing an online way to enjoy World Chimp Day, with a virtual keeper talk from Rockhampton Zoo.

Parks Portfolio spokesperson Councillor Cherie Rutherford said the celebrations had to be a little different this year.

“In 2019 we were able to hold a BBQ and a fundraiser for the Jane Goodall Institute Australia to celebrate World Chimp Day, but COVID-19 means this year looks a little different.

“The Zoo has reopened but we aren’t doing any events or keeper talks, as we are limited to 200 people in the grounds at any one time and it’s really important that we keep social distancing.

“However our Primate Keeper has recorded a 10 minute video all about our chimpanzees so everyone can enjoy a virtual talk and learn about how we can support conservation efforts for these wonderful animals.”

Cr Rutherford also confirmed the Rockhampton Zoo chimpanzee family were doing well.

“Cassius and Holly, who were hand raised so very used to humans, are particularly excited to have visitors again.

“Holly is slowly letting her gorgeous 5 month old bub Gandali explore a little bit on his own, and Capri is as adorable and as cheeky as ever.”

The video will be shared on Rockhampton Zoo’s facebook page on World Chimp Day, Tuesday 14 July.