Press Release: 09/20/2013

Oakland Zoo Hosts Primate Wise! A Benefit presentation and Silent Auction for the Chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest

Nicky Mora, Senior Marketing Manager/PR Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director
(510) 632-9525 ext. 130 (510) 632-9525 ext. 122

Oakland, CA, September 20, 2013

Oakland, CA – On Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 7:30pm – 10:00pm, Oakland Zoo welcomes Virginia Morell, author of Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures, a book that showcases the inner world of animals. says “There aren’t enough words in the English language to do justice to ‘Animal Wise: the Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures’. This remarkable book by Virginia Morell is transcendent. Morell takes on the question of whether or not animals think and feel by visiting with various scientists around the world who have devoted their studies to a widely disparate sampling of nature’s creatures from ants to elephants.”

Admission price for presentation is $30.00 per person. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Budongo Snare Removal Project. This innovative conservation effort helps chimpanzees by removing snares set by poachers, supplying goats as sustenance to ex-hunters, and educating the community about the environment. This project serves as a model for others facing the growing challenges around human-wildlife conflict.

“I am so proud of the work of the Budongo Snare Removal Project,” said Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at Oakland Zoo. “These creative and compassionate people have found ways to work in partnership with the local community living near primate habitat. Their innovative approach to conservation ensures a future that is healthy for humans, the environment, and chimpanzees.”

This will feature unique silent auction items including exclusive behind the scenes experiences in the zoo around the Bay Area, and delectable refreshments by Youth Uprising.

For additional information about this talk, please contact Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director, at Oakland Zoo’s 2013 Conservation Speaker Series is sponsored by Bishop O-Dowd High School.


The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.