When: Sat September 16 , 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: The Maryland Zoo Primate House

Did you know, primates are the closest relative to humans? Join us on September 16th to learn all about chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, and lemurs – ring-tailed, red-ruffed, and sifaka! Engage with the keepers to see how important zoos are in protecting these endangered species, watch enrichment demos, and participate in primate themed activities!

Visit the Face Painting Station for special Primate Day face paint designs! ($)

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Schedule of events:

10:00 am – 3:30 pm – Education stations throughout the Zoo

11:15 am – 11:30 am– Puppet show at Oasis Stage

11:30 am – 11:45 am – Pan Hoot Contest 

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Lemur Keeper Chat at Lemur Lane

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Chimpanzee Keeper Chat and Trivia. (Winning prize: chimpanzee-created painting)

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Enrichment inside

-All activities will take place at the Chimpanzee Forest in African Journey unless otherwise noted.


Recycled Cell Phones Save Primates:

Recycle your old or unwanted cell phone by bringing it to the donation box in the Chimp Forest on Wild About Primates Day. Any other day, you can recycle your phone at the Zoo gift shop.

The Zoo’s conservation club has already collected 250 cell phones, ipadsipods and additional accessories. Help us reach our goal of recycling 500 devices by April 2018!

Click here to learn how cell phone recycling saves primates.


Facts About Primate Conservation:

  • Ring-tailed, red-ruffed, and Coquerel’s Sifaka Lemurs are all endangered Species.
  • Red-Ruffed lemurs are considered critically endangered.
  • Chimpanzees are an endangered species
  • Habitat loss is one of the greatest threats to all of these species
  • Unsustainable and illegal hunting also contributes to decreasing populations.
  • Ring-tailed lemurs were moved from vulnerable to endangered status in 2014.
  • The Maryland Zoo supports local conservation groupsGoualongo Triangle Ape Project and Madagascar Fauna Group.