In celebration of Earth Day, Roosevelt Park Zoo hosted a Party for our Planet.
“It goes right along with our mission to try to educate people on ways that we can make a difference within our community and for the planet as a whole,” says Nicole Goshen, Zoo Educator.
Many zoo animals are endangered or threatened in the wild.
“A lot of that has to do with us taking resources from the wild, maybe it’s trees or palm oil, and it has a drastic input on those animals,” says Goshen.
Each day, they make an effort to reduce their carbon emissions by buying in bulk and buying locally sourced products. They recycle what they can and often reuse unexpected items.
“Even those street sweepers, they get cleaned up and there’s cleaning on them, and then we can give them to our animals like our sheep and our goats as scratching posts, and they absolutely love it,” says Goshen.
Both the Zoo and places like J. Clark Salyer Refuge hope to show how we can make the world a better place for wildlife.
“There’s opportunities just right in the backyard. North Dakota has 63 National Wildlife Refuges, more than any other state,” says Naomi Baucom, J. Clark Salyer Refuge Park Ranger.
The organizations are urging people to go outside and experience nature, because you can’t learn about what you don’t see.
“Once they learn about it, and they learn what their role is, then they’re going to care and they’re going to conserve and protect,” says Baucom.
The money raised from the event will go towards the black-footed ferret conservation and reintroduction program in South Dakota.
“People participating in events like today helps to fund those projects, so really it’s our community. Without them, we couldn’t do it,” says Goshen.
Celebrating the earth by staying green.
One simple way you can reduce your carbon footprint is to unplug your phone, tablet, and laptop chargers when you’re not using them.