“Gorilla and Orangutan Birthdays Get One Big Celebration”

January 14, 2010 –“Happy Birthday Tumani and Godek, Happy Birthday to both of you…..”

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is inviting the community to join together at a double birthday bash to celebrate young gorilla Tumani’s third birthday and little orangutan Godek’s first birthday in Primate World at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!

On Saturday January 30 beginning at 10:30 a.m. we’ll all celebrate with a special party to honor Tumani and Godek. Refreshments will be served, for gorillas and humans! And we encourage party-goers to bring birthday enrichment gifts for Tumani, Godek and the other primates -- items like burlap; Dixie cups, any dried fruit; frozen mixed veggies (peas, corn, carrots), PVC pipes and more…..all totally awesome primate gifts! A full suggested birthday gift list can be found below.

Along with activities for the kids and gorillas, the Zoo is again challenging local media favorites to participate in the Great Primate Media Challenge! We'll test their dexterity and determine which media celebrity is gifted with those fine primate motor skills! We had such fun with this challenge last year at Tumani’s second birthday party that we will bring it back for this special double birthday bash.

Primate Birthday Gift Suggestions:

Here are some gift ideas that the primates at CMZ would greatly enjoy:

Kong toys – extra large black (Ultra)
Any unsalted nuts, with or without shells
T-shirts (clean "recycled" ones are fine)
Cotton bedsheets (natural colors, clean "recycled" ones are fine, elastic cut out)
Whole fruit – pineapples, cantelopes, mangoes, papayas, figs, dates, apricots,
peaches, pears
Corn on the cob
Sidewalk chalk
Dixie cups (bathroom unwaxed kind)
Kool-aid (sugar-free, any flavors that aren't red in color)
Any dried fruit
Peanut Butter
Frozen mixed veggies (peas, corn, carrots)
Paper plate holders (the straw kind, no glue or varnish)
Fruit juice (any 100% juice no sugar added or light juice)
Recycled plastic wood (4" x 4", any amounts/lengths would be great)
“Gray stripe” unsalted sunflower seeds