The Edmond Sun

November 2, 2012

Oklahoma City Zoo hosts Dian Fossey gorilla conservation group


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The Oklahoma City Zoo and Oklahoma Zoological Society recently hosted representatives from The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

Clare Richardson, president and CEO, and Veronica Vecellio, gorilla program coordinator, toured zoo grounds and shared the organization’s mission with zoo staff members during the day. A free evening presentation to the public in the zoo’s Education Auditorium highlighted the event.

Founded by Fossey in 1978, the organization is dedicated to the conservation and protection of the fewer than 500 remaining gorillas and their severely threatened habitats in Africa.

The zoo’s Great EscApe includes Western lowland gorillas. Zoos worldwide do not house the endangered mountain gorilla species.