Carolyn Jess is an 11 year old student who has agreed to be our special guest blogger about wildlife conservation. We first met Carolyn in October 2011 when she came out to the Zoo to meet our special guest Jack Hannah, who was visiting the Zoo to speak at our Conservation Gala. If you would like to contact Carolyn or have comments, you may send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many interesting blogs on the Houston Zoo website. Some blogs tell you about endangered species and others (like the ocelot and Texas Blind Salamander) tell you what you can do to help. There are a few things YOU can do to help protect our species.
What can you do to help our animals in trouble? Well, you are already at the first step – reading and learning about them. YOU now can teach others about the endangered ocelot or the horned toad. YOU can tell your friends about these animals. YOU can tell them to visit the zoo or a State Park. YOU can choose an animal that is threatened or endangered and raise money for the scientists who research this animal. Ask your parents or teachers to help you! Here are some ideas you could use:
- Have a lemonade stand (you could give the money to the SPCA)
- Ask for money for endangered species research instead of presents for your birthday or Christmas
- Have a garage sale and use that money for wildlife conservation programs in your area
- Start a recycling club at your school – I did – I asked a teacher if she would sponsor it.
- Conserve water
- Recycle everything you can
- Use the money from your aluminum recycling to pay for a visit to the zoo – your admission price helps the animals!
This is how we can protect what we care about most – OUR ANIMALS! Conservation is the most important thing you can do! If you have other ideas, share them on my blog. Let’s help our endangered animals – if we don’t, who else will?