Did you know that zoos provide a vital role in animal conservation worldwide?
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), represents more that 235 organizations with more than 200 million visitors each year. Membership in the AZA represents a commitment to the highest standards for animal care while providing a fun, safe, and educational experience. Additionally, AZA accredited zoos and aquariums support conservation that helps save many species from extinction. Approximately $230 million dollars is spent on projects each year helping over 800 species in 130 countries. Scientists worldwide report we are currently experiencing the sixth mass extinction. The last extinction event happened 65.5 million years ago wiping out all dinosaurs on earth. The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity states that we are currently losing up to 150 species each day or roughly 55,000 living species each year. These numbers are staggering. This means a loss of biodiversity causing millions of people to face vulnerable food supplies, a reduction of fresh water, and the loss of many interdependent ecosystems needed to support life.
MAKE IT YOUR ONE THING:
When you visit a zoo or aquarium, you spend the day learning about animals and ecosystems worldwide while making a difference. A portion of all sales is used for ongoing conservation efforts. If visiting the local zoo isn't your thing, check out its website. You can still make a donation to support environmental efforts. To learn more about the sixth mass extinction, visit the World Wildlife Fund. To find a zoo near you, visit the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Give it a try and MAKE IT YOUR ONE THING.