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Jan 28, 2019 · Uncategorized

February 2019

AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are more important today than they have ever been. In an era of nature disconnect in our society, we have the opportunity to connect people, especially children, with the animals we care for to create empathy, concern and to foster the development of pro-environmental behaviors. Research shows that children who have an appreciation for nature are more likely to take conservation action.

Our role extends beyond the front gate of the Zoo. We actively support wildlife conservation programs here at home and around the world. Our support is through financial contributions as well as staff participation. We have staff that regularly assists with field conservation efforts for Black-footed Ferret in northwestern Kansas, endangered birds on the Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean and rare vipers in the mountains of Armenia.

As conservation leaders we understand that creating a safer world for wildlife and wild places is directly related to the conservation of natural and man-made resources. With that in mind, our business operations here at the Zoo need to incorporate sustainable practices that conserve resources. We need to demonstrate our commitment to wildlife conservation by “walking the talk” and modeling ways that our guests can also become part of the solution for the environmental problems contributing to the decline of wildlife worldwide.

Green practices are being implemented throughout the Zoo and we will continue doing so as a regular part of our business operations moving forward. We have started installing bottle refill stations and energy efficient hand dryers in locations around the Zoo. In our Beastro restaurant you will now find eco-friendly plates, cups and flatware. Over the coming months you will also see new recycling and waste receptacles being installed throughout the centrum of the Zoo.  These new bins are made of recycled milk jugs. Some of the changes we’re implementing are things you can do at home as well. Together we can create a sustainable future for people, wildlife and wild places here in Kansas and around the world.

This is just the beginning, stay tuned for updates on our conservation initiatives here at the Zoo!

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