In the post-holiday daze, many of us find ourselves reflecting on the past twelve months and resolving to make changes that will benefit our lives. We start listing our New Year’s resolutions. What would be a fun departure from the usual (join a gym, eat healthy, save money)? Are you tempted to commit to something new?
The New Year is a fresh start and the perfect time to adopt a resolution that will benefit wildlife. If everyone took small actions, the positive impact would resonate to saving wildlife worldwide—and it can start with you! Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking and visit our Act for Wildlife page for more:
- Shop Smarter
You have the opportunity every time you go to the store to make choices that make a difference for wildlife. It is easy to download shopping guide apps on your smart phone for palm oil and seafood and consult them as you choose your next meal. Shop Smart for Palm Oil: Unsustainable palm oil production is impacting tropical forests around the world. You can help save these forest habitats and wildlife like orangutans and tigers by purchasing products from companies that commit to using sustainable palm oil. And, download a Seafood Watch Wallet Card or Sushi Guide so you can make ocean-friendly seafood choices.
- Recycle your Cell Phone at the Zoo
Cell phones are created with minerals that are sometimes mined from important wildlife habitat, and they often end up in the garbage. Recycling your cell phone at the Minnesota Zoo through our Recycle for Rainforests program helps great apes and other animals. Before your purchase your ticket, as you are walking into the entrance, look for our cell phone recycling drop-box.
- Plant for Pollinators
We know the ground is covered in snow and a spring garden may be far from the front of your mind. But, you can start planning now and learn more about what you can plant in your backyard to help pollinators thrive. Bees and butterflies are important pollinators for many flowering plants and food crops, so invite them to your yard!
- Volunteer for the Zoo
There is no better goal than giving your time! Volunteers at the Minnesota Zoo play an important role in providing information about how to help protect wildlife. Check out our opportunities for those looking for fun, unique, and interesting volunteer experiences.
Now, don’t just set your New Year’s resolutions – stick to them! Start small and grab a family member or friend to encourage you along the way.