Ways to Help Conservation

Generally our conservation portion of our website talks about animals here at the Caldwell Zoo that have a conservation story to tell, but this “Conservation Corner” will concentrate on what each of us can do to help conserve our world’s magnificent wildlife and incredible wild spaces.

First and foremost we can always practice those basic principles our Earth Day teaches us—reduce, reuse, recycle.  Recycling makes so much sense—just by taking recyclables—stuff we were going to throw away—to the local recycling center, new objects can be made from what we no longer want or need.  And some of the creative ideas for recyclables are amazing—like park benches from milk jugs.  By reducing and/or reusing we can help prevent pollution on several levels, save energy and cut the amount of waste going to our landfills.  Simple ideas like making sure the products we purchase have a minimum amount of packaging materials and are reusable rather than disposable, i.e. reusable shopping bags rather than plastic make a big impact.    Purchasing things that have been previously used when possible or even borrowing, renting or sharing items that we use infrequently can help make a difference.

Of course, wildlife conservation organizations appreciate our support.  Many of these groups whether governmental or private have made big differences for wildlife and wild spaces.  Without a doubt, there are many, many conservation heroes out in the field working to make certain that our world’s environment is here for our great-great-grandchildren to enjoy.  Zoos around the world are also working tirelessly to ensure that animals big, i.e. the African elephant and small i.e. partula snail are here for the future.  By Caldwell Zoo’s participation in breeding programs such as the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plans, your zoo is doing its part for conservation.

And, lastly, a fun way to help conservation is through ecotourism or travel to natural areas.   Ecotourism is a “vote” to save natural spaces and the wildlife that lives there.  Monies spent can be used to conserve the area and as visitors we can learn more about the places we visit.  This summer, this writer was lucky enough to get to go to Zambia in Africa to see incredible animals and amazing wild spaces, but it is not necessary to go to exotic locations as there are places right in our own area where you can see incredible animals and amazing wild spaces.  Visit one of our state or national parks, a wildlife area or even enjoy those cute little critters in your own backyard.  Just remember to always be a responsible tourist and take away only good memories and photos.

Just remember:  conservation is everyone’s job.

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