ASHEBORO- This weekend is dedicated to the chimpanzees and gorillas at the North Carolina Zoo as the zoo presents the second annual "Great Ape Weekend" Sept. 19-20.

Kids and adults alike can enjoy a variety of activities including making a gorilla nest, "foraging" for food and talking one-on-one with a chimpanzee or gorilla keeper. The public can learn about these endangered apes at the zoo and ways to help their wild cousins during presentations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the zoo's gorilla and chimpanzee exhibits.

All Great Ape Weekend activities are free with regular zoo admission of $10 for adults, $6 for children and $8 for seniors 62-plus. The zoo is located off Zoo Parkway (N.C. 159) six miles southeast of Asheboro off U.S. 64 and U.S. 220. Park hours from April through October are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information call 1-800-488-0444 or visit the zoo's Web site at

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary; Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor.