Many businesses have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic—including many zoos and aquariums across the country. While visitors are not allowed into the zoos and aquariums, the many species of animals cared for in these facilities still rely on keepers, biologists, and staff members.
The Grevy’s zebras are in grave danger. Just a few decades ago in the 1980’s, there were approximately 15,000 in population. Over the last 30 years, that number has dropped almost 80% and today, fewer than 3,000 remain. About 2,812 of these special zebras live in Kenya and 230 live in Ethiopia.
From the Black Rhinoceros, African Lion, and Chimpanzee to the Asian Elephant, there are many endangered species at risk of extinction. At Zebra Pen, we believe in the wonder and beauty of all Zen’s friends. We’re committed to supporting these animals and helping them flourish for future generations. This year, we are proud to once again partner with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE). The AZA SAFE program strives to keep endangered species safe by increasing conservation action, spreading awareness, and educating the public on ways they can help. Check out these environmentally-friendly tips to learn how you can make a difference for Zen’s friends and for animals in your local ecosystem.
Purchase Metal Straws
Plastic straws can end up in oceans, rivers, and other bodies of water and ecosystems which can directly impact wildlife. Straws can often be mistaken for food by animals, causing them to suffocate or become seriously injured. Plastic straws can also become lodged in nostrils, or cause other serious harm. Reduce your use of plastic straws by purchasing metal straws to use and reuse instead.
Bring Your Own Coffee Cup
Single-use coffee cups can accumulate quickly—but can take decades or longer to decompose. Instead of buying a cup from your favorite coffee shop, bring your own reusable thermos. Many stainless steel cups/thermoses keep drinks colder or warmer for extended periods of time, and they are more environmentally-friendly.
Speaking of reusable containers, using a reusable water bottle and other containers can drastically decrease your footprint and reduce waste. Each year, pounds and pounds of trash, mainly comprised of plastic items, are deposited into oceans and other bodies of water. Aside from being environmentally friendly, using a reusable water bottle is also more cost-effective than purchasing water bottles, and can help you save up to $200 a year.
Donate to an Organization
There are countless organizations that help support endangered species and their habitats. The AZA SAFE program is dedicated to helping save animals from extinction by aiding in conservation efforts, public awareness, funding and more. Help support these organizations by making a small donation and sharing your passion for saving the environment and endangered species with your friends.
Volunteering is another amazing way to contribute and help save wildlife in your community. Organize a neighborhood cleanup, or volunteer at your local wildlife conservatory or zoo to do your part in protecting animals and their habitats. Research opportunities in your area and beyond to help make a difference in the lives of animals.
Making a difference in your local ecosystem and beyond is easier than you think. Incorporating just a few small eco-friendly practices into your daily lifestyle can go a long way. Learn more about how we’re supporting the AZA SAFE program and helping out Zen’s friends.
A zebra’s stripes are as unique as a human fingerprint. This distinction and individuality are among some of the same traits that we encourage at Zebra Pen, so when we heard about the alarming endangerment of the Grevy’s zebra, we decided to show our support for efforts to save this dying species..
Zebra Pen has partnered with Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Grevy’s Zebra Trust to help the conservation of Grevy’s zebra!
AZA-accredited institutions have provided $160 million to support Grevy Zebra conservation projects in more than 115 countries. Their efforts resulted in collaboration between AZA and Grevy’s zebra Trust— the only organization dedicated solely to the conservation of the Grevy’s zebra.
The Grevy’s Zebra Trust was established in 2007 to address the urgent need to conserve Grevy’s zebra in community rangelands of Kenya and Ethiopia.
Since our involvement, Zebra Pen has donated $75,000 in support of efforts to save the Grevy’s zebra species
Grevy’s Zebra Need You!
Grevy’s zebra lives depend on your support! Humans have been a huge part of the problem, but you can change that! Be a part of the solution. Join Zebra Pen, AZA and Grevy’s Zebra Trust in our conservation efforts.
(Source: Grevy’s Zebra Trust)