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Western lowland gorilla, Okpara

Okie the gorilla is moving to the Big Easy!

Franklin Park Zoo

Saturday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

You're invited to our going away party for western lowland gorilla Okpara, affectionately known as Okie. The 24-year-old gorilla will soon move to his new home at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans where it's hoped that he will be successful in starting a family of his own.

Bid on an Okie Original

We're auctioning off artwork created by Okie himself (pictured right)! Don't miss out on owning a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! You'll be able to view these pieces on display at his  party. Hurry, auction ends November 30!

Place your bid!


Events & Activities

  • Stop by the Education station to learn more about gorillas and important conservation work being done on behalf of these endangered species.
  • Meet a zookeeper who cares for the gorillas.
  • Enjoy cake from Montilio’s Baking Company, available for the first 200 people.
  • Sign a giant farewell card just for Okie.

In honor of Okie’s new home, the festivities will be New Orleans themed, and Okie and the rest of the gorillas will enjoy enrichment and treats made especially for them.

Committed to Conservation

Zoo New England is an active participant in the Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is a cooperative, inter-zoo program coordinated nationally through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). SSPs help to ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, most of which are threatened or endangered and enhance conservation of these species in the wild.

Zoo New England is proud to support conservation work on behalf of gorillas through the Ape TAG Conservation Initiative, as well as through a cell phone recycling program. Coltan, used in the production of cell phones, is mined from central African forests right in the gorillas’ habitat. By recycling cell phones, the need for additional coltan mining is reduced, and in turn, habitat destruction. Guests to Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo can drop off their old cell phones, which are recycled through the Eco-Cell program.

For the Ape Enthusiast