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05.20.13

Nintendo and Donkey Kong Visit the L.A. Zoo During Memorial Day Weekend

Gorilla Reserve to Host Fun Activities and Game-Play Sessions to Celebrate the Launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

WHAT:
During Memorial Day weekend, Nintendo of America and the Los Angeles Zoo will be hosting a four-day event and renaming the gorilla habitat as "Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at Campo Gorilla Reserve" to celebrate the release of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for Nintendo 3DS and to bring awareness to the endangered gorillas, whose relatives in the wild face threats such as poaching and habitat loss. The fun and educational activities include a "Donkey Kong Interactive Experience" involving the zoo’s family of lowland gorillas. The animals will receive cardboard barrels (inspired by the ones found in the game) that are filled with treats and that enrich their behavior. Visitors and fans can also play Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at various kiosks in the zoo and take pictures with the costumed Donkey Kong character.

WHO:
Gorillas, Donkey Kong, zoo visitors and Nintendo video game fans.

WHEN:
Friday-Monday, May 24-27: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Gorilla feeding experience: Friday-Monday, May 24-27: 12:30 p.m. PT
Press event: Friday, May 24: 9:30 a.m. PT (Media RSVP by 10 a.m. on May 22)

WHERE:
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

VISUALS:
Families, kids, Nintendo fans and real-life gorillas taking part in the "Donkey Kong Interactive Experience." Zoo personnel will give the gorillas cardboard barrels filled with food to interact with.

The costumed Donkey Kong character walking around the zoo, taking pictures with zoo visitors and Nintendo fans.

Zoo visitors and Nintendo fans playing and enjoying Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at Nintendo 3DS stations setup in the zoo.

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