Eco Week Hits Edinburgh Zoo!

February 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago Edinburgh Zoo took part in promoting Eco Week in our very own Budongo Trail. Between the 14th and 20th of February, Edinburgh Zoo volunteers ran some ecological and environmental based activities in order to raise awareness about various environmental issues. There was the opportunity to help make “A Recycled Zoo”, where recyclable odds and ends (donated by zoo staff and volunteers) were transformed into zoo animals, giving a new lease of life to them whilst also highlighting the importance of recycling in today’s world.

Some zoo visitors busy making some "recycled animals"

Some of the recycled animals made

Over at another activity table zoo visitors had the chance to make a bird feeder for their garden using simple things like a pine cone, peanut butter, lard and some bird seed! This was a chance for the zoo to promote local wildlife and encourage visitors to help their hungry garden birds. The table became messy very quickly but proved very popular!

One of our volunteers helping with the messy task of making a lard-covered bird feeder!

Although there were hands-on activities for visitors to take part in, the zoo also wanted to inform people how they themselves could become more environmentally-friendly. Therefore there was the Eco Week information table that had various leaflets, badges and pencils on it for people to collect. There were also lots of useful posters up in the Budongo Trail promoting things like the Fairtrade Foundation, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

The Fairtrade Foundation is all about ensuring better working conditions, better prices, local sustainability and better terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world so by buying Fairtrade products you are helping poorer workers regain more control in their lives and improve their position in their particular trade.

The MSC also strives for sustainability, but sustainability in our oceans. Their mission is to promote, recognise and reward sustainable methods of fishing. This is important as we need to ensure we are protecting the marine environment whilst also securing fish stocks for the future.

The FSC continues this theme of sustainability as it is dedicated to promoting the responsible use and management of our forests. If a forest is FSC certified it must be managed in an “environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable manner” (FSC website).    

During the weekend of Eco Week the zoo welcomed the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) into Budongo Trail. During Saturday and Sunday visitors had the opportunity to take part in some craft activities including making animal masks, whilst the RSPB representatives were on hand to provide information about how they are helping to protect the environment, as well as birds, and explaining why this is important.

Some zoo visitors making animal masks st the RSPB Eco Week table

Eco Week was a big success and everyone who took part seemed to enjoy themselves immensely – our volunteers that ran the activities certainly did!   



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