Earth Day and Party for the Planet Celebration: April 25, 2015
Plant a tree and help protect local BIODIVERSITY!
Photo by: Monika Blazs
Henry Vilas Zoo will celebrate Earth Day by giving away trees and with many more fun activities including:
- Distribution of 1500 saplings - courtesy of Wisconsin DNR with thanks to Kohl's A Team volunteers for helping with distribution. Available only while supplies last.
- Kids' Tree Climb - courtesy of the Dane County Regional Arborist Group
- MG&E Solar Energy Trailer
- Earth Day Fun Books - will be handed out at the gates, while supplies last - courtesy of MG&E
- Re-purposed poaching snare sales - These poachers' snares have been collected from the wild forests of Vietnam and Laos. Help us do some good with them and raise funds to protect the saola (one of the coolest animals you've never heard of) and other animals-rare tigers, monkeys, deer, and birds-from being poached by funding more people to collect snares!
Biodiversity (the number of species) is an important indicator of ecosystem health. Many things, including invasive (non-native) species, habitat loss (from pollution, farming, logging, or building cities), poaching, and collecting wild animals for the pet trade can affect biodiversity in a habitat. Join us and check out the free Earth Day Fun Book to learn what you can do to help.
Planting trees helps protect local BIODIVERSITY!
The invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Beetle is spreading across the U.S. killing ash trees. It has come to Dane County, WI and in the next 5-12 years we will lose a lot of trees. Let's do something about it now-PLANT MORE TREES! Help us start planting now so that we have new habitat in place in the future when the EAB impact is huge.
Here are some Zoo Sustainability Facts:
• New Children's Zoo barn; post and beam timber from sustainable forests, solar and geothermal heat, closed cell foam insulation (R-42) and rain water collection
• Using solar powered visitor counters at all gates
• 170 tons of animal waste are composted every year
• Lighting systems replaced with energy efficient florescent and LED lamps
• Rain water is collected and used to water plants in the rain forest and Education Pavilion
• Green living roofs on flamingoes, bear and badger areas
• Modulating condensing natural gas boilers
• Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV)
• Converted 50% of lawn areas to original woodland cover
• Solar aerator in wetland
• Monthly energy use reports to all areas (electric and gas use reduced by 25%; water and sewer by 30%)
• Rain gardens have been built to collect runoff
PUTTING ENERGY TO WORK AT THE ZOO!
The Henry Vilas Zoo believes that all natural resources are precious
and must be carefully conserved. The Zoo is working hard to keep
our community clean and energy efficient.
Go Green with the AZA Green Practices Toolbox!
Environmentally sustainable or "green" practices are becoming an increasingly important focus of AZA-accredited institutions. The AZA Green Scientific Advisory Group has added many resources to the Green Practices Toolbox which are designed to raise awareness of ways to conserve natural resources. Click here
for more information!