YOU CAN HELP WILDLIFE!
No matter who you are, where you live, your age or financial situation, there are a variety of ways that you can help wildlife and wild places thrive, every day. The actions you take, whether it's donating money, your time or your voice, can help conserve the animals and wild habitats that we all cherish.
In your backyard
Enhance and restore habitat in your own backyard by providing food, shelter and water. These are three of the basic necessities needed by every living thing.
Reduce or eliminate lawn and garden chemicals. This keeps plants healthy naturally as well as protecting habitat, including water in our local streams, rivers and lakes. Visit SavingWater.org for tips on becoming pesticide free.
Research real animals in your community through citizen science projects such as the Lost Ladybug Project or the Great Sunflower Project.
Restore local parks and natural areas in partnership with EarthCorps. EarthCorps organizes a number of community-based projects around the area, concentrating on restoring natural areas in parks and removing invasive plants.
Plant native plants to provide food and shelter for wildlife.
Share the habitat
There are many ways to shrink your carbon footprint; one that we might not think about is the impact of the daily choices we make about what we eat. In fact, the food system is responsible for 1/3 of global greenhouse gas emissions. In general, greenhouse gas emissions get higher as you move up the food chain, with the highest from red meat production to the lowest being locally grown, seasonal produce items. Climate change and its effects is one of the biggest threats to wildlife and habitats.
- Buy locally grown and produced foods from farmers' markets
- Sign up for a produce box from a local farm, also known as Community Supported Agriculture
- Eat meat-free and/or dairy-free at least once a week
- Grow your own vegetables and fruit
For more great tips on how your diet can help animals, visit Puget Sound Fresh
Support global conservation
...by purchasing Conservation Commerce in the ZooStore, such as merchandise from our Partner for Wildlife, the Snow Leopard Trust. Conservation Commerce consists of sustainably made products created by craftspeople. By buying their work, you support local communities in wildlife areas, steering people away from non-sustainable agricultural practices, poaching and other activities that harm habitat and wildlife.
Merchandise from Snow Leopard Enterprises is available at the ZooStore and online from the Snow Leopard Trust.
- Drink shade-grown coffee to help migratory birds and protect rain forest habitat for wildlife
- Choose Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper and wood products to protect forest habitat and wildlife.
- Use the Seafood Watch card to choose ocean-friendly seafood
- Read labels. For example, palm oil, a product used in everything from food to cosmetics to paint, requires the vast destruction of rain forest habitat that hosts orangutans, elephants and sun bears. Make sure what you buy uses sustainable farming, harvesting and other ways to ensure that there are enough resources available for people and wildlife.