World Gorilla Day

September 22

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Zoo Atlanta joins conservation stakeholders, zoos, wildlife organizations and individuals around the world in observing World Gorilla Day on Saturday, September 22. Be part of this second-annual event highlighting gorillas and their habitats and the need to act for gorillas in the wild. 

What is World Gorilla Day?

First launched in 2017, World Gorilla Day is an animal awareness day geared toward celebrating gorillas and empowering global communities to take action for all four gorilla subspecies (mountain gorilla, Cross River gorilla, western lowland gorilla and Grauer’s gorilla) and their conservation. As the home of one of North America’s largest populations of gorillas, Zoo Atlanta is proud to join other organizations in highlighting this event. 


Zoo Atlanta has one of the largest populations of western lowland gorillas in North America. More impressive than that are the conservation efforts in action to save all gorilla species. Spend time chatting with Zoo educators to learn more about these incredible great apes and the individuals in our care. Engage with hands-on activities, take a pledge to help save the species, and share a photo through social media using #WorldGorillaDay to show your love for gorillas.

What do gorillas do all day and why is that important? Learn more about how and why we study gorilla behavior, and test your skills by performing a gorilla ethogram.

  • 11 a.m. – Gorilla Research Talk at Habitat 2
  • 1:45 p.m. – Gorilla Feeding and Keeper Talk at Habitat 1
  • 2:15 p.m. – Gorilla Feeding and Keeper Talk at Habitat 3  

Commemorative button sales while supplies last: Button proceeds support conservation of wild gorillas through on-the-ground protection of gorillas, research and monitoring, and targeted stakeholder engagement and education. Priority subspecies are Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli) and Grauer’s gorillas (Gorilla berengei graueri) in recognition of the high likelihood of imminent extinction facing both subspecies.  Cross River gorillas are the smallest population of great apes at fewer than 300 individuals, and Grauer’s gorilla populations have declined by nearly 80 percent over the past two decades.

World Gorilla Day Offer

As a thank you for helping gorillas, we’re offering $5 off regularly-priced general admission for up to 4 guests if you leave your old cellphone with the front gate attendants to be recycled!

Offer valid 9/22/18; offer may not be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer not valid online.

What’s the connection between cell phones and gorillas? Learn more here

Learn more about what organizations around the world are doing to help save gorillas, and find more World Gorilla Day resources at

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