At various exhibits including the Amphibian Crisis Center at the Central Park Zoo, the World of Reptiles at the Bronx Zoo, and Frogs at the New York Aquarium you’ll learn about the amphibian extinction crisis and discover simple tips to help frogs.
Help save chimps: Pull the plug on electronics and chargers.
Our everyday activities affect global climate change. In Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park, home to Africa’s richest community of mountain primates, including chimps and mangabeys, climate change has resulted in more and longer droughts. As a result, more than 10 percent of the rainforest has been lost to fires. To help save Nyungwe, pull the plug on electronics and chargers when they are not in use. In the average American home, 40 percent of all electricity is used to power appliances while they are turned off.
Help save tigers: Inventory your medicine chest.
India’s Western Ghats are home to tigers and hundreds of other species found no place else. But the region’s wildlife faces increasing pressure due to agriculture expansion, road construction, and over-harvesting of forest products for medicines and more. For the good of the planet, only use medications when there is no other alternative. The process of manufacturing synthetic drugs emits more than 177 million pounds of untreated pollutants into air, water, and soil each year. And never flush unused prescription drugs down the toilet or drain: Pharmaceuticals in wastewater can damage plants and animals.
Help save gorillas: Recycle your old cell phones.
Lowland gorillas, elephants, and other iconic African animals make their home in the vast, pristine forests of the Republic of Congo. These forests are increasingly threatened by illegal logging and natural resource extraction, such as mining for coltan, an element used to make cellphone batteries. Check with your cell phone manufacturer to see if they accept old phones for recycling, or seek out designated recycling bins designed for old phones. The coltan contained in the batteries will be reused, reducing the demand to mine in the Congo.
Help save Andean condors: Be a green gardener.
Chile’s Karukinka landscape contains one of the greatest expanses of peat bogs in the world, an extremely valuable ecosystem in the battle to mitigate climate change. Peat is a non-renewable natural resource, however, and these bogs continue to be destroyed for gardening materials in developed nations. Rather than using peat to improve your soil, try making compost using kitchen waste, grass cuttings, and leaves. Regularly turned and kept warm and not too wet, all this waste will soon turn into a sweet smelling, soil-like substance that is a wonderful conditioner for your garden.
Help save coral reefs: Buy ocean-friendly seafood.
Papua New Guinea’s Kavieng Seascape comprises some of the most diverse marine ecosystems on the planet and is known as the “coral triangle.” But pressure from a growing human population on land and commercial fishing on the sea threaten the spectacular reefs. Your consumer choices make a difference. Buy seafood that is abundant, well managed, and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Download a guide on ocean-friendly seafood to help you make the right choice.