Final month, I questioned a neighbor if he prepared to attend any nearby Earth Day occasions. Maybe in rationalization of his lack of desire, he responded, “Shouldn’t every single working day be Earth Working day?”
On his next birthday, I approach to convey to him, “I believed of providing you a gift today, but should not persons rejoice each and every other’s lives each day?”
April’s flurry of Earth Day situations is in excess of, but for some whose work requires environmental get the job done, Earth Day does arrive just about every working day. Zoos are a person spot the place environmentally helpful perform carries on throughout the year.
Ventura County people are lucky to have two community zoos. Just one, America’s Training Zoo at Moorpark College, is handy for citizens of the county’s east facet. The other, the Santa Barbara Zoo, is just a small generate absent for people of the west aspect.
Last month, both of those zoos hosted specific courses celebrating Earth Day and both of those have ongoing programs for species conservation and environmental schooling.
The highlight of Earth Working day actions at America’s Teaching Zoo was the launch of above 500 Palos Verdes blue butterflies. This species, after believed to be extinct, has been brought again from the brink and Moorpark School students are contributing to the recovery.
Also, hundreds of young children attended an Earth Day craft function at the zoo in Moorpark. Youngsters converted water bottles into decorative flowerpots and planted seeds.
“These functions in shape into our year-spherical mission,” explained Mara Rodriguez, the zoo’s growth coordinator. “That is, to inspire conservation motion by offering participating connection with wildlife and individuals who care for them.”
Earth Day things to do at the Santa Barbara Zoo concentrated on instruction. UC Santa Barbara college students staffed booths near animal exhibits, administering quizzes about the nearby instructional indications. Participation prizes bundled reusable sporks and “Earth Working day All-Star” animal cards with explanations of how young ones can have “Earth Day every day.”
The guidance contains issues they can do at the zoo year-spherical to learn more about animals and items absolutely everyone can do at residence to maintain wild habitats. The playing cards also direct viewers to learn from the “what you can do” information and facts stated on indications at approximately each exhibit. These indicators establish the animal, its natural habitat and illustrations of what zoo patrons can do to assistance these animals in the wild.
At the gorilla show, the sign describes the value of recycling your aged mobile mobile phone. “By recycling your cell telephone and other smaller electronics in our ECO-Mobile drop boxes, you can reduce the will need for elements mined in and all over gorilla habitat.”
At the zoo’s penguin pool, the indication says, “Choose sustainable seafood: There are only so several fish in the sea… Pick up a Seafood Look at card at both of the Zoo’s restaurants: it will help you make superior selections for you and our oceans.”
On the rail overlooking the gibbon island, the signal clarifies a trouble with palm oil: “Indonesian and Malaysian forests are getting slash down to make more farmland for palm oil, creating habitat decline for several animals. Opt for treats produced with out palm oil, or that include sustainably produced palm oil.”
Some individuals might categorical worry about animals in captivity, but it has been a lot of years considering that American zoos have been in the company of capturing wild animals for screen. Animals in contemporary zoos are frequently not able of dwelling in the wild. Quite a few at the Moorpark zoo had been rescued from owners who experienced them illegally as pets, and most animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo ended up born to other animals in zoos.
America’s Educating Zoo at Moorpark Faculty, 7075 Campus Rd. in Moorpark, is open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Wildlife Education and learning Demonstrates at midday and 2 p.m. (805) 378-1441
The Santa Barbara Zoo, at 500 Ninos Dr. in Santa Barbara, is open day by day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with previously closure on vacations and for special functions. (805) 962-5339.
David Goldstein, an environmental source analyst with the Ventura County Community Works Agency, can be achieved at (805) 658-4312 or [email protected]