Noah’s Ark Zoo Celebrates Earth Day
Every day is Earth Day at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, but next Wednesday (April 22nd) is a very special date – it’s the 45th annual Earth Day. Always held on April 22nd, the day represents a bright future for generations to come and is all about maintaining the environment we occupy to ensure it is both healthy and sustainable. Earth Day was created in 1970 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, following a huge oil spill in 1969 that saw around 90,000 barrels of crude oil escape into the Santa Barbara Channel, killing approximately 3,500 sea birds, as well as other marine animals such as sea lions, seals and dolphins.
The day is now celebrated worldwide in 192 different countries by over one billion people, and is marked in a variety of ways – from community service initiatives for the day to cultivating landscapes and cleaning up wildlife areas that are affected by litter and pollution. Earth Day has brought about some major changes in policy – for example, the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.
Here at Noah’s Ark, Earth Day fits our mission perfectly. We strive to respect the natural world, whilst creating a quality visitor experience. We are honoured to be able to give endangered species a safe and secure home and we understand how important conservation is when it comes to protecting numbers, both in natural habitats and in captivity. This gives us the opportunity to contribute to international conservation efforts, whilst also educating the public about potential and existing environmental threats. Many of our animals have been classified as ‘endangered’ on the IUCN Red List – our Bengal Tigers, Gibbons and Lemurs. Our White Rhinos have also been declared ‘threatened’.
We are also very environmentally conscious and go about our day-to-day running of Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in a socially-responsible manner. As well as looking after local wildlife, we manage our energy use and waste production. For example, our indoor play areas are now heated with a Biomass heating system, which uses forest, agricultural, urban and industrial residues and waste to produce heat and electricity. This has much less of an impact on the environment than fossil fuels.
It is important to come together to inspire our communities to do their bit in securing a sustainable and healthy future for our planet.
Organising an Earth Day activity or event is one of the best ways to engage your community. What will you be doing this year?