(last car admitted into the preserve at 4:30PM)
Plastic in the ocean affects birds, sea turtles, marine mammals, fish, corals, plants and even us! Much of the plastic in the ocean comes from land-based activities including from litter and trash. An easy way to help is by selecting reusable items instead of disposable water bottles, drinking straws, shopping bags and more! Recycling single-use plastics that you can’t replace helps too!
Animals like insects, birds, and bats help to pollinate many of the plants that produce foods we eat and help to ensure full and healthy harvests. You can help protect pollinators by planting native wildflowers (and other flowering plants) in your garden, reducing the use of pesticides around your home, and putting out shallow saucers of water (bees get thirsty too!)
We recycle cell phones because they use a mineral called coltan, which is only found within great ape (chimpanzee, bonobo, and gorilla) habitat. When we use "new" coltan, companies have to mine for it, which contributes to habitat destruction. When we recycle old electronics, the coltan can be removed and reused to produce new phones.
Do you have a used cell phone lying around? Do you know someone that just bought a new cell phone and doesn’t know what to do with the old one? Please bring in any used cell phones to recycle them and help raise money for conservation at the same time! You’ll receive a free Animal Feeding Coupon for every used cell phone or charger when you bring them directly to the Main Office. Animal Feeding Coupons can be used at any of the animal contact areas inside Safari World. For more information about the program, please visit: www.eco-cell.org
Palm oil is an ingredient in more than half of all packaged products that we consume and is found in many foods, toiletries, and cleaning products. Unfortunately, many rain forest species lose their homes when forests are clear cut for palm oil plantations. You can help protect habitat for wildlife by purchasing products that use sustainable palm oil. Visit rspo.org for more information on palm oil or download the Sustainable Palm Oil app for your phone to find RSPO-certified products and brands.
Sustainable seafood practices are important to help protect the environment and ensure that the harvesting of seafood doesn’t harm the environment or other wildlife. The easiest way to help support these practices is by asking businesses if they serve sustainable seafood and by choosing recommended sustainable options using the Seafood Watch consumer guide (you can even download it to your phone!). Visit seafoodwatch.org for more information.
Did you know that fishing line is dangerous to wildlife? The pelicans that call Lion Country Safari home were injured in the wild, most likely from fishing nets and fishing line, and are under our care with the permission of FWC. Recycling your fishing line and keeping it out of the marine environment is a great way to protect pelicans, sea turtles, and other wildlife.
Emissions from the use of fossil fuels, including our cars, can harm the environment. We can reduce our carbon footprint and improve air quality by carpooling with people we know to work or school.
Compost is composed organic material; it might sound unappealing but it helps to enrich and bring nutrients to the soil and reduce waste in landfills! You can start a compost pile at home which can include dead leaves, twigs, grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds paper, egg shells and so much more. Visit epa.gov/recycle/composting-home to find more information.