You can protect wildlife

Starting this summer, from July 1 until September 4, 2017, the zoo is challenging its guests to take action to protect wildlife. Conservation actions can be as simple as reducing consumption in parts of your life or adopting new habits. Small actions can lead to big changes to protect wild places.

Two Conservation Action Stations will be set up on zoo grounds for guests at the zoo to get involved.

Open Daily 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Two Conservation Actions have been selected

  1. Purchase Rainforest Alliance Certified Products: Look for the Frog!
  2. Grow pollinator-friendly plants

Purchase Rainforest Alliance Certified Products: Look for the Frog!

Recognizing that declining forest habitats are impacting species around the world including here in Canada, the zoo is working with the Rainforest Alliance to teach visitors how to buy consumer products that are forest-friendly.

The Rainforest Alliance’s green frog logo is an easy way to identify products that have met the high standards of environmental, social and economic stewardship.

Set up in Destination Africa, zoo visitors will have the opportunity to shop through a variety of items to identify the ones that have the Rainforest Alliance green frog logo. Those products that do carry the certification seal indicate that a farm, forest, or tourism enterprise has been audited to meet standards that require environmental, social, and economic sustainability. After selecting their items, zoo visitors will be recognized for making choices that benefit the planet.

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Grow pollinator-friendly plants

Pollinators are a critical part of producing the foods we love to eat. Some common pollinators are bees, butterflies, flies and moths, and are more suited in our part of the world. By creating native pollinator-friendly spaces in our backyards, we provide them with food and habitat.   

Native pollinators are important because they are accidental helpers. Plants that require pollinators attract them with colors or scent to show the insect that there is a food supply (nectar). The insect collects the food and accidentally carries pollen to the next plant, thereby beginning fertilization and the process of making fruit and seeds for reproduction.

Located on Grazer’s Lawn, zoo visitors will be able to plant native pollinator-friendly seeds in a pot to take home. Once at home, they will be able watch nature take root and see the magic of pollination happen before their eyes.

Please note: for the month of August, seed packets will be handed out, rather than planting as we are entering into the end of the growing season in our climate.

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Like their namesake, giant pandas, red pandas have a special false thumb they use to strip leaves off bamboo stalks.