My family and I had a fun trip to the Santa Ana Zoo this weekend. I noticed a campaign they had called “Become and Animal Hero”, promoting conservation and protection of our homes, animals, and planet. They were signs posted throughout the park offering tips and ideas on recycling, water and energy conservation, and the like.
Here are a few “Become an Animal Hero” signs that make great discussion topics with your kids.
- Go Green and Save Green. This was posted outside of the restrooms. The average cost of paper towels is two cents per hand dry versus 1/10 of a cent for an electric dry.
- Can you recycle that? Recycling and composting diverts nearly 70 million tons of material away from landfills. The simple act of recycling one item can make a difference. Start a recycling revolution.
- Leaky faucets; one drip can cause a flood. By checking our faucets regularly we can save gallons of water a day (15,140 drops is equal to one gallon).
- Water less, enjoy more. The native plants are adapted to their semi-arid climate and flourish with less water. Drought tolerant plants can save you money.
I also noticed that Conservation Education Theater at the zoo was made from approximately 7.800 milk jugs!
Also, the play structure near the entrance is made from recycled materials equivalent to 10,417 aluminum cans and 23,842 soup cans!
We also read about the Pantanal Wetlands, the largest freshwater wetlands on the planet, while we were there. It is the home of many plants and animals and unfortunately in danger of land alterations and pollution. How can we help? By reducing the use of gas and unplugging unused electronics we can reduce carbon emissions which help decrease global pollution.
Not only did our family have a great time petting and looking at the animals, but we were able to unexpectedly talk to Mia about these important topics in a fun environment.