There will be a whole lot of rocking going in Franklin Park Zoo's Tropical Forest beginning at 2 p.m. on January 8! Be sure to stop by to cheer on Dan McLaughlin, President of the New England chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers
(AAZK) and a Senior Zookeeper at Franklin Park Zoo, as he rocks in a rocking chair for 24 hours to raise awareness about ape conservation. Dan will rock in front of the gorilla exhibit and will talk about ape conservation and answer questions from the public. On Saturday, January 9, he will read animal-related stories at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to excite the next generation of conservationists.In addition to raising awareness about ape conservation, the New England AAZK chapter also hopes to raise money to support the Association of Zoos and Aquariums new Ape Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) Conservation Initiative. Visitors will be able to make contributions at the event. AZA's Ape TAG Conservation Initiative will be comprised of different zoological institutions and other zoo-related groups who will commit to paying yearly dues, which will support wild ape conservation programs. The ape family includes bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, gibbons, orangutans, and siamangs. In the wild, apes face a host of deadly threats including illegal hunting, habitat loss as a result of mining, logging and agricultural conversion, disease and the pet trade.If you would like to donate toward Ape Rock, you may send your donation to:Zoo New England c/o Dan McLaughlin AAZK, One Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121. Checks can be made out to New England Chapter of AAZK.
Donations will also be accepted at the event.