<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 24 Oct 2016 10:29:38 -0400Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:29:38 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[First-Ever Photography Exhibition at the Barnes Foundation]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:47:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017597263_1200x675_790895171575.jpg Thom Collins, executive director and president of the Barnes Foundation, tells us about the institution’s first-ever photography exhibition titled “Live and Life Will Give You Pictures.” The exhibition runs into January.]]> <![CDATA[A 'Hope Gala' to Benefit Behavioral Health]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:53:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Devereux-Foundation.jpg Leah Yaw from Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health spoke with Vai Sikahema about the upcoming " <![CDATA[Pop Up & Smoke Up at Philly Art Museum Weed Garden]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:25:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-98579274.jpg

You may or may not have heard of Hempy — a marijuana mascot who roamed the streets of Philly. Well, the person inside the green costume didn’t sweat bullets and waste energy for the heck of it.

N.A. Poe, a pro-pot activist and the man behind Hempy, created a 90-second montage of his adventure as a promotional piece for Thursday afternoon's "pop-up weed garden."

"I wanted to find a creative way to promote the event, and I’m glad using digital art did the trick." Poe said.

The pop-up began (appropriately) at 4:20 p.m. Thursday below the Philadelphia Art Museum’s famous "Rocky" steps.

Attendees were encouraged to "BYOW" — Bring Your Own Weed — as long as they brought less than the decriminalized amount (30 grams). The event provided provide light refreshments and snacks donated by local food stores.

NBC10 reached out to the Art Museum for a reaction, but did not receive a statement on the event.

"They are not in on it," Poe assured.

Police officers were present during the event, but did not interfere as scores of smokers took photos with Hempy, munched on snacks, and puffed away.

The event served as a two-year anniversary celebration of Philly’s weed decriminalization law, which went into effect on Oct. 20, 2014. The policy turned marijuana use and possession into a civil offense; people who carry 30 grams or less of marijuana are fined $25 and public consumption of the drug gets a $100 fine.

Anyone who joined Poe in the "cannabis happy hour" risked getting the citation for public use of the drug. Poe, however, was not fazed by it. "I [didn’t] know what the f--- [was] going to happen, but I know whoever [showed] up [was] in for a chill time," he said.

Poe is pleased with the progressive direction the marijuana debate is heading towards in Philadelphia.

"I was arrested three years ago at a protest in Philly and now we're having a [pot] garden party outside the art museum. So, it's a great progress," he said.

Chris Goldstein, an official with the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said the concept of having a pop-up BYOW garden is a play on Philadelphia’s craze with beer gardens.

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Nintendo's big bet on the future? That you won't want to leave Zelda, Mario or Skyrim at home when you head out the door. 

The Japanese gaming giant unveiled its next-generation Switch gaming console in a YouTube video Thursday morning.

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The modular console, which features a tablet-like screen that docks into a base that connects to home TVs and detachable controller dongles, allows gamers to take home console-quality games on the road with them.

"Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like," said Reggie Fils-Aime, the president and COO of Nintendo of America, in a statement. "It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries."

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The Switch is due to be released in March. Pricing was not announced. 

Nintendo said the console will feature games from its in-house game studio as well as dozens of other developers. The preview for the console features footage from Bethesda Softworks' open-world fantasy game Skyrim alongside teasers to several Nintendo titles. 

The long-rumored console was previously codenamed the Nintendo NX and is set to replace the beleaguered Wii U, which was released in 2012 and likewise featured a touchscreen controller.

The Wii U was the follow-up to the wildly successful Wii, but sales sagged as both consumers and game developers opted for the more high-powered Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

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<![CDATA[Got Talent? 'AGT' Auditions Coming to Philly]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:12:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/240*120/PHILADELPHIA+TW.jpg

Got talent?

Well you could get your shot to show off your unique skills when NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent holds auditions in Philadelphia early next year.

Heck, maybe you can conjure up some magic like Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos who made the top three in the past season of AGT.

The AGT auditions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Jan. 14 are open to talented people of any age. You must fill out online paperwork prior to the auditions and you could also get to the front of the auditions line by submitting a video of your act. (More details are available by clicking here.)

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<![CDATA[Happy Howl-oween: Pet Costumes Rule!]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:54:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PetCostumes-147696710644900001.jpg Halloween is just around the corner, and this year Americans are getting the whole family involved...including their pets.]]> <![CDATA[Today Style Squad: 'Wear What You Want']]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:05:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017567282_1200x675_789176387972.jpg NBC10's Vai Sikahema speaks with the the Today Style Squad, including former NBC10 fashion reporter Lilliana Vazquez, about the latest fashion, embracing your own style and Philadelphia's unique sneaker game,]]> <![CDATA[Delaware CHANCE Foundation Promotes Peace With 'Day of Unity']]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:23:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017566980_1200x675_789139011542.jpg The Delaware CHANCE Foundation is saying “no” to violence and bringing the community together for a day of peace and a little basketball. Foundation President Robert Moore is in our NBC10 studios to tell us more about their second annual “Day of Unity.”]]> <![CDATA[M&M's Are Getting a New Filling]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:09:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-452614600mandm.jpg

Your sweet tooth is in for a treat. Mars Chocolate has announced that M&M’s are getting a new filling — caramel.

A video on the M&M's Twitter account said caramel M&M's, with a deep blue package, will be available in May. 

CNN Money reported that it’s the first time the company is using caramel as a permanent filling. M&M has a history of trying out different flavors, and occasionally a new filling, such as peanuts, or pretzels. But a caramel center is very different.

"Caramel is extremely trendy," Vice-President of Research and Development of Mars Chocolate Hank Izzo told CNN. "It's a $2.2 billion flavor segment and the fastest growing segment in food right now. We want to be part of this category."

Izzo also told the news agency it's still getting the manufacturing process ready — hence the monthslong wait.

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<![CDATA[Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber Talks Gymnastics Tour]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:44:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Jordyn+Wieber1.JPG Jordyn Wieber is one of many Olympic medalists coming to Philadelphia next month for the .

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<![CDATA[Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health's 'Hope Gala"]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:18:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/235*120/Havana+Hope+Gala.JPG
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This year, people and pets aren't the only ones getting dressed up for Halloween.

An Ohio woman's video showing her "monster house" decoration has gone mega-viral, with at least 23 million people in under a week watching a garage door adorned with teeth open and close. Complete with eyes on top, the effect is of a massive, fanged, car-eating monster — surely the most fearsome garage on the block.

The video was posted by Facebook user Amanda Destro Pierson, who says in the video's description she's a face painter. In a different video, also posted in Cleveland, she says she works as a product designer at a craft company and that she's hard at work getting a "monster house" kit ready for sales for next Halloween.

The idea appears to be a hit already, at least judging by some of the thousands of comments on Pierson's video that say "let's do this" or "I need this!"

In the meantime, the sudden popularity seems to have caught Pierson by surprise.

"Thank you guys so much for the overwhelming response," Pierson says in one of the videos. "Who would have known that my garage would be so popular?"

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<![CDATA[Kimmel Center to Buy Merriam Theater]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:55:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Merriam+Theatre.jpg

Philadelphia cultural powerhouse The Kimmel Center is in talks to bring a storied city theater into its portfolio: The Merriam Theater.

The Kimmel is seeking to buy the Merriam from University of the Arts for $11 million, a Kimmel spokeswoman confirmed Friday night.

The terms of the deal are not yet finalized, but both parties expect it to close next week.

The Merriam opened 98 years ago as the Sam Shubert Theater. It stands along South Broad Street, just north of The Kimmel Center and adjacent to the iconic Academy of Music at Locust Street.

The Kimmel Center already handles sales, rentals and promotion for the theater. After the property changes hands, the Kimmel is considering backstage and front-of-house renovations to the space, officials said.

The purchase is being financed through $5 million in gifts from Kimmel board members, a $5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation and a $5 million loan to cover capital expenses and other fees.

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<![CDATA[New Whole Foods Opens in Philly]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:54:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017503224_1200x675_785922627888.jpg A new Whole Foods Market is part of the grand opening of Rodin Square in Spring Garden. The new development also features apartments, a cafe, a CVS and a branch of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.]]> <![CDATA[Susan G. Komen Philadelphia 3-Day Walk Begins]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:37:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017503253_1200x675_785939523611.jpg Friday morning, hundreds of people began a 60-mile walk after gathering at the Willow Grove Mall in Montgomery County. It is part of the Susan G. Komen Phildelphia 3-Day Walk to raise awareness in the fight to end breast cancer.]]> <![CDATA[Sheltered Yoga Spreads Mental Health, Wellness]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:16:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017488807_1200x675_785207363967.jpg Tina LeMar, founder of Sheltered Yoga, explains the positive power of yoga and how her organization is bringing the practice to those who can benefit from it most.]]> <![CDATA['Women on the Move' Luncheon]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:09:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017488565_1200x675_785192515770.jpg Lynn Yeakel sits down to talk about celebrating women at Main Line Today’s Women on the Move Luncheon. The event will take Oct. 20 at Drexelbrook Catering and Special Event Center and will have an appearance by NBC10’s Tracy Davidson.]]> <![CDATA[Old City Festival Returns to Help Veterans]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:49:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017412147_1200x675_781322307882.jpg Old City District hosts its annual festival featuring restaurants, shows and other activities Sunday. The fest will also benefit veterans with the help of the Veteran's Multi-Service Center.]]> <![CDATA[Have a 'Pheast']]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:31:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017412096_1200x675_781313091802.jpg Several of our region’s greatest chefs and local growers are coming together Friday evening to raise money for a good cause. President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Matt Rader, and “Charlie Was a Sinner” Chef, Todd Butler, are in the NBC10 studios to tell us about “Pheast.”]]> <![CDATA[Ciao! Celebrate Italian Heritage All Month Long]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:28:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017411964_1200x675_781303875511.jpg Ciao Philadelphia 2016 will be hosting public events for people of all ages in celebration of Italian heritage and culture. Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia, Andrea Canepari, is in the NBC10 studios to tell us more about this month long celebration.]]> <![CDATA[Anita Hill, Mindy Kaling Lead Largest Women's Conference in US]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:49:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017407774_1200x675_781154883749.jpg The largest Women’s Conference in the state was held Thursday in Center City. Keynote speakers included Civil and Women’s Rights leader Anita Hill and Actress and Producer Mindy Kaling.]]> <![CDATA[Enjoy Food & Beer at 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:10:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017396968_1200x675_780503619820.jpg German food, culture, dancing and beer are coming to Philadelphia. Doug Hager, owner of Brauhaus Schmitz, and Rebecca Fuller from Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, stopped by to tell NBC10 about the 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest.]]> <![CDATA[V Street Restaurant Owners' Vegetarian Cookbook]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:48:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017377140_1200x675_779706947837.jpg Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby from V Street and Vedge will be holding a signing of their new cookbook "V Street" this Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Icelandair to Take Off From Philly Airport]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:07:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Iceland+Air+IcelandAir+Model+Plane.jpg

Philadelphia has added a cool destination to cities served by Philadelphia International Airport.

Mayor Jim Kenney joined airport leaders and Icelandair officials to announce nonstop service between the city of Brotherly Love and Reykjavik.

The seasonal international service begins May 30, 2017.

"We are very pleased to welcome Icelandair to PHL and look forward to offering nonstop service to Reykjavik," said Airport CEO Chellie Cameron. "This capital city is a gateway to a beautiful country and to its Scandinavian neighbors. We are proud to increase our non-stop international destinations and open a new market to our travelers."

Kenney noted the economic impact of the international flight, which should take less than 6 hours.

"The Airport is a potent economic engine to our city and the region, and convenient air service, particularly to international destinations, is essential in a global marketplace," said Mayor Jim Kenney. "We are very excited about Icelandair’s arrival in Philadelphia, and we are eager to build and strengthen a partnership between our city and the amazing city of Reykjavik."

The addition of Icelandair marks the first time in two years that PHL added a service from a foreign airline.

And for anyone looking to hop to mainland Europe, you can utilize Icelandair’s "Stopover" program that allows travelers to spend up to a week in Iceland without paying additional airfare.

Philly is Icelandair’s 18th U.S. destination. Iceland features 24 hours of daylight in the summer and the Northern Lights for more than half the year.

"Philadelphia will further strengthen Icelandair’s presence in the Mid-Atlantic and better serve our passengers with faster travel times to Europe and easy connections through the City of Brotherly Love," said Iceland air CEO Birkir Holm Gudnason. "Philadelphians will now have a refreshing alternative when traveling to Iceland and beyond, and Icelanders and Europeans will have direct access to the historic city of Philadelphia boasting the fifth largest population in the United States. This is an exciting and significant moment for Icelandair and we look forward to welcoming Philadelphia aboard."

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<![CDATA[Get to Know Ardmore at Their 'Open House']]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 18:47:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017377238_1200x675_779716163920.jpg The annual Ardmore Open House gives locals a chance to see what the Main Line town has to offer.]]> <![CDATA[Philly Zoo Announces Baby Gorilla's Name]]> Tue, 04 Oct 2016 06:45:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philadelphia+Zoo+Gorilla+Baby.jpg


The Philadelphia Zoo announced the new name of its baby gorilla Monday following an online vote.

"Amani" which means "peace" in Swahili won the voting by a landslide, according to a release issued by the Zoo Monday.

Honi, 22, gave birth to the female western lowland gorilla on Aug. 26. Voters were able to choose between Amani, Isangi, Mapendo and Muyisa – the names of gorillas orphaned by poachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE). [[391921541, C]]

Amani is named after an 8-year-old gorilla who lives at GRACE and who was rescued in 2009 as part of a 3-month investigation by the Congolese wildlife authority.

“We are thrilled that people around the world showed their support by helping to name our gorilla Amani and supporting orphaned gorillas at GRACE. Zoos have a vital role in fostering connections between people and animals and this is a great example of this linkage,” says Kim Lengel, the Zoo’s VP for Conservation and Education.

Due to poaching and habitat destruction, both Grauer and western lowland gorillas are listed a critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), said the zoo.

Voting opened Tuesday morning and ran through Thursday. Each voter donated at least $1 to GRACE with the zoo matching all donations up to $10,000.

Zoo officials said online voting proceeds totaled $6,600, which the zoo matched to equal a total donation to GRACE of $13,200. [[26343834, C]]

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<![CDATA[With Grant, Viaduct Rail Park Could Start Construction Soon]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:06:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/viaduct+rail+park+construction.PNG

Construction on an expansive elevated Philadelphia park could begin as early as this fall thanks to a $3.5 million grant.

The Center City District announced on Friday that construction of Phase 1 of the Viaduct Rail Park could begin this fall after a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant was awarded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Phase 1 of the project will improve the 1300 block of Noble Street and will transform a quarter-mile portion of the former Reading Viaduct into a green park with lit walking paths, seating, and gathering areas. The viaduct runs from 13th and Nobel streets across 12th Street to Callowhill Street

The entire Rail Park will connect Fairmount Park with Center City for a length of 3 miles. The trail will run through ten different neighborhoods and will expanse 50 city blocks, all on the tracks of the old Reading Railroad.

“The Viaduct Rail Park will be a welcoming green space amenity for residents, workers, and students from across the city, as well as visitors to Philadelphia,” said Paul R. Levy, President and CEO of the Center City District. “It will also help prompt new business and residential investment in the area. We are grateful to Governor Wolf and all the generous supporters who worked to make this new park a reality.”

The Center City District began the competitive bid process in July 2016 and once a contractor is selected, construction is projected to take 15 to 18 months. The project is being funded through a combination of state, city, foundation and private resources.

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<![CDATA[Fresh Grocer Opens in Upper Darby]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:45:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/190*120/Fresh+Grocer+Grand+Opening+Balloon.JPG The new Fresh Grocer supermarket in Upper Darby had its grand opening on Friday morning. The store presented a $10,000 check to Philabundance to show their commitment to fighting hunger.

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<![CDATA[Coat & Uniform Drive to Keep Children Warm This Season]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:19:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017313124_1200x675_776568899937.jpg Anton Moore, founder of Unity in the Community, tells us about hosting the upcoming Coat and Uniform Drive in South Philadelphia.]]> <![CDATA[Career Fair Recruits Veterans Aboard Battleship New Jersey]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:51:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Battleship+New+Jersey.jpg Jim Meehan served as a Navy Officer and now he will be looking to hire fellow veterans at the Delaware Valley Veterans Career Fair on Oct. 4. Click here to sign up

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<![CDATA[Springsteen Shakes Hands, Poses for Photos With Philly Fans]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:05:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/Bruce+Springsteen+Free+Library+of+Philadelphia.JPG

Bruce Springsteen fans lucky enough to have a ticket, lined up Thursday for their chance to get a few moments with "The Boss" at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Hundreds of Springsteen fans waited in line for a chance to meet the rock icon, shake his hand and grab a photo.

They also went home with a signed copy of Springsteen’s new memoir Born to Run.

The fans that got to meet Springsteen were among the lucky ones, $33 tickets to the meet-and-greet sold out in 9 minutes.

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<![CDATA[40 Years of Learning Through Play at Please Touch Museum]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:09:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017276068_1200x675_774880323956.jpg Philadelphia's please touch museum will be celebrating its 40th birthday and you are invited. Patricia Wellenbach, president and CEO of the museum is here to talk about the exciting upcoming events.]]> <![CDATA[Maurice Hines Talks Family, Career]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:09:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017260074_1200x675_774044739922.jpg The legendary Maurice Hines talks with NBC10's Vai Sikahema about his life, career and his show "Maurice Hines Tappin' Thru Life."]]> <![CDATA['South Pacific' Has Roots in Bucks County]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:01:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017259918_1200x675_774029891968.jpg Ben Michael and Will Hammerstein join NBC10's Vai Sikahema to discuss <![CDATA[Isn't She Lovely: Philly Zoo Needs Help Naming Baby Gorilla]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:36:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philadelphia+Zoo+Gorilla+Baby.jpg

It’s a girl!

The Philadelphia Zoo announced the gender of its baby gorilla Tuesday and now they need your help naming her.

Honi, 22, gave birth to the western lowland gorilla on Aug. 26 and now the zoo needs your help with her name. For just $1, people can choose between Amani, Isangi, Mapendo and Muyisa – the names of gorillas orphaned by poachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE).

“We are thrilled to partner with Philadelphia Zoo on this naming campaign and thank them for supporting our efforts with Grauer’s gorillas in DRC,” said GRACE Executive Director Dr. Sonya Kahlenberg. “Over the past 20 years, Grauer’s gorillas have experienced a catastrophic decline of nearly 80 percent, and if nothing is done, they could be the first great ape to become extinct in the wild. The Zoo’s support will help us give orphan gorillas a second chance and will boost our work with local communities on conservation education and other programs critical for safeguarding wild gorillas and their habitat.”

Due to poaching and habitat destruction, both Grauer and western lowland gorillas are listed a critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), said the zoo.

Voting opened Tuesday morning and runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. Each voter must donate at least $1 to GRACE with the zoo matching all donations up to $10,000.

“We are pleased to support and partner with GRACE,” said zoo VP for conservation and education Kim Lengel. “The long-term survival of gorillas in the wild will require the on-grounds efforts of organizations like GRACE as well as awareness, support and engagement of ‘local action/ global consequences’ on issues like climate change and deforestation-free palm oil, both of which impact gorillas in parts of their native habitat. We hope that naming Honi’s new baby after an orphaned gorilla at GRACE, and inviting our global community to select the name, will help make that connection and engage many in the efforts to save gorillas and other wildlife.”

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