Actions You Can Take

When we say we can’t do our conservation work without you, we mean it. Every time you visit the Zoo, you’re supporting vital efforts to create a better future for wildlife.

Want to take other actions that benefit animals, wild habitats, and the Earth we all share? There are so many ways – in your home, workplace, and communities. It’s all about making informed, conscious choices.  

Think before you buy. Your consumer choices can have global impacts. So, ask yourself some simple questions before making any purchase. Can you fix something that’s broken rather than buying new? Can you buy locally rather than having an item shipped from a long distance? Instead of giving things, can you give the gift of experiences, like a visit to the Zoo, for lasting memories with less environmental impact? 

Shop responsibly. When shopping for food and household products, use the Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping and Seafood Watch apps (available in Google Play or the App Store). 

Waste less food. Food waste creates multiple environmental issues. All the energy and resources that went into producing food waste is lost and, in many cases, food waste contributes to pest populations, which in turn leads to increased pesticide use. Buy only what you can reasonably consume and keep track of your food.

Compost your “green” waste at home. In traditional landfills, kitchens scraps and other organic waste create methane, a super-potent greenhouse gas. When you compost at home, you’ll keep methane-producing waste from landfills while promoting nutrient-rich soil that helps plants thrive. What’s more, state law will start requiring residents and businesses to separate organic waste from other trash. The law, Senate Bill 1383, is now in effect and will be rolled out gradually, so be sure to look into how your community is collecting compostable material. Learn more at the SB1383 page on the Cal Recycle website

Plant a native wildlife-friendly garden. Take some time to learn about the plants that are native to your region. Native plants support a broader range of wildlife, and many animal species are entirely reliant on native plants. For inspiration, check out the Zoo’s Bird Gardens and learn how to “bird-ify” your own garden.

Avoid single-use plastics. Single-use plastics are represent one of the greatest conservation challenges we face, causing significant harm to global ocean ecosystems. Worldwide, an estimated 11 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year. Over time, plastics break down into small pieces known as microplastics, which are easily ingested by ocean life. Visit the California Ocean Protection Council website to learn about the bold steps that the state, City of Los Angeles, and United Nations are taking to reduce microplastics.

Wait at least two years before upgrading mobile devices. Electronic waste is toxic and difficult to break down, so make good use of your devices.

When it’s time to replace your mobile devices, recycle responsibly through ECO-CELL at the L.A. Zoo. Here’s a link to learn about what devices are accepted, how to prepare them for recycling, and more. Visit our blog to learn about ECO-CELL and how mining for cell phone components impacts wild gorilla populations.

Travel responsibly. When traveling, shop responsibly and avoid wildlife products. Our Travel Program offers unforgettable adventures with Zoo experts who inspire and inform travelers about wildlife, wild habitats, and how to protect and promote biodiversity.

Take a stand against the ivory and rhino horn trade. Support conservation organizations that are working to reduce demand for these items and prevent poaching.

Support the L.A. Zoo. Your support in the form of membership, donations, and ticket sales helps us continue and build upon our integrated conservation efforts that are saving wildlife here at home and around the world.

Become a regular at the L.A. Zoo. Turn your visitorship into stewardship as you get to know and care for our wildlife!