A Successful Year in Conservation!
In 2015, the Zoo unveiled our Quarters for Conservation kiosk featuring three conservation projects. We are excited to announce that with your votes, you helped us raise $6,278.55 to save animals and their habitats in the wild! Check out the three initiatives your admission quarters are going to:
- Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program - The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program fosters wildlife and habitat conservation and supports local community livelihoods in Papua New Guinea through global partnerships, land protection and scientific research
- North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) – NAFTRG works in partnership with the Turtle Survival Alliance to monitor turtles in important protected freshwater habitats.
Learn about the interconnectedness of humans, animals and their ecosystems
- Learn about the ways animals and humans share ecosystems
- Understand the impact humans have on animals and their habitats
- Participate in outdoor activities with others to help foster a connection to nature
- Become an environmental steward by getting involved in citizen science programs, community programs, and advocating conservation
- Conserve water when bathing, watering plants, and washing clothes and dishes
- Reduce waste, like using reusable cups, to keep trash out of landfills
- Re use and Recycle not only cans and bottles, but anything else you can use more than once
Check out the following link to learn about proper waste disposal and recycling in Alachua County.
Choose your pets wisely
- Research pets before you get them to make sure they are a good fit for you and your family
- Adopt rather than buy pets, even exotic pets can be adopted
- Be a responsible pet owner and take life expectancy into consideration when adopting
Start being a responsible pet owner now by following this link.
Support animal habitats in your own backyard
- Plant a flower garden for animals to pollinate
- Build a bat box to help control mosquito populations
- Build a bird house or feeder to attract local birds
- Keep domestic pets, like cats that hunt native wildlife, inside
Be an informed consumer in your everyday life
- Know where your products come from. Attempt to purchase products that are made using sustainable practices
- Encourage your friends, families, and local businesses to research companies before supporting them
- Consume seafood caught only in sustainable practices
- Consume meat from animals treated humanely
Support your local conservation organizations
- Support organizations/buy products that use sustainable practices
- Purchase products produced locally such as produce from your local farmer’s market
- Learn about how you can support local conservation organizations
- Visit your local accredited zoo, aquarium or museum