Don't get pinched! This Saint Patrick's Day, make sure you are green inside and out. Take this quiz to see where you land on the zoo's green'o'meter.
How much water does a typical American household use per day?
Select the correct definition.
All of the plants below are beautiful, but which one makes the most sense in a Pacific Northwest garden?
Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs are energy-efficient lighting.
True or False: a fluorescent (CFL) bulb may last around 8,000 hours, and an equivalent LED bulb may last around 25,000 hours, while an incandescent bulb lasts only about 1,000 hours.
Since 2006 the Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden has been pesticide-free. One of the benefits of being pesticide free is we are now able to feed the spent flowers to animals in the zoo, most notably the gorillas, which have become quite fond of them.
From the list of names, select the ones you think are rose names, the others are gorilla names. (Select all before hitting "submit")
Green Team is a multi-disciplinary group of zoo employees who pursue, promote and encourage sustainable daily practices at Woodland Park Zoo.
What DON'T employees do as members of this elite club?
All of these things are very green. One of them is meant to recycle.
Each year, Americans use tons of paper products. How much paper does the average person use per year in animal weight?
We all know buying bottled water isn't very green, but do you know why? One of these statements is false, can you tell which one?
Western pond turtles are endangered. You can help by reducing pollutants to native turtle habitat by eliminating chemical pesticides from your gardening practices. Pesticides get into water, which runs away from your garden and flows into surrounding water systems, bringing contaminants into wildlife habitat.
You are the greeny, green, greeniest! Excellent work. Your job is never done, because you inspire others to live sustainable, green lifestyles and we applaud you. Here are some ideas for keeping your family and friends inspired.
1. Visit the zoo with your loved ones and point out all the ways they can help wild animals by making green lifestyle choices. The penguin exhibit is a great place to start to teach them about sustainable seafood!
2. Take the palm oil challenge as a family. Visit zoo.org/palmoil to get the scoop on buying products that use certified sustainable palm oil that is deforestation-free. Commit to buying only products that follow these rules for at least one month. Tigers, hornbills, orangutans and Asian elephants will thank you.
3. Purchase Zoo Doo to make your garden grow green! Then, use native plants to attract local pollinators. A few of our favorites are riverbank lupine, slender clarkia and large-flowered collomia. (Zoo Doo is a fully composted blend of animal manures mixed with straw bedding, grass, leaves and wood chips from zoo grounds. zoo.org/zoodoo for details.)
You are pretty green! Good work, you should be proud. Now let's make you even greener.
1. Visit the zoo to learn about actions you can take to make your lifestyle more sustainable for creatures all over the world. Attend Spring Safari on April 8, to dive into African wildlife conservation.
2. You can always improve your water usage: invest in a shower head with 2.5 gallons per minute, always run a full dishwasher and look into a water-saving toilet.
3. Support green businesses and those that make clean products. One easy way to start is commit to buying green, organic coffee. Look for labels certified as organic, fair trade, and Rainforest Alliance. Caffe Vita partners with Woodland Park Zoo to invest in Papua New Guinea farmers who are committed to wildlife conservation (and their coffee is really, really delicious!)
You are green at heart, but you don't appear to be as green as you could be. Don't worry, we believe where there is a will, there is a way! Here are three ways you can greenify your lifestyle.
1. Visit the zoo to learn more about ways you can protect local wetlands from toxins and pollutants. The pond turtles will thank you!
2. Unplug! Stop phantom electrical draw by turning off electronics when they aren't in use and either unplugging them or plugging them into a power strip which can be turned off.
3. Try meatless Mondays: reducing your consumption of meat just one night a week can have a huge impact. Raising livestock produces large amounts of greenhouse gases.
You can achieve as much green as you desire, but you must work hard. Green is not your thing, yet, but anyone can become green by starting with a few simple actions:
1. Visit the zoo to learn about ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle many items in your own home.
2. Ask your green friends to help you start composting in your home.
3. Have a bulb party! Replace all your light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs which can save up to 80% energy. It's a party if there is pizza and at least one friend.