You may associate the phrase “endangered species” with animals, but did you know there are many endangered plant species, too? The first step in preserving an endangered animal species is preserving the flora in its habitat. Therefore, the role of the Zoo’s Horticulture department is more than just to create beautiful gardens for the animals and visitors; it is to help spread the message of habitat conservation and vegetation management.
Renew the Zoo offers much more than just weeding or clean-up. (Although these tasks are very important to the Zoo).
Involvement in Renew the Zoo also means:
¨ Meeting new people of diverse backgrounds, both from the Princeton community and beyond, who share your commitment to conserving the Earth’s plant and animal species
¨ Having the opportunity to share your expertise and develop new skills and interests
¨ Becoming part of San Francisco Zoo’s history (You don’t have to be a San Francisco resident; you just need to leave your heart here!)
¨ Contributing to the ongoing development and improvement of the Renew the Zoo program, where the only limit is your imagination.
In addition to the horticultural needs of the park, the Renew the Zoo Program is now an integral part of the enrichment program for the animals here at the Zoo. Enrichment items are made for many of the animals and they help make their day a little more fun filled. These enrichment items could be anything from a painted cardboard box filled with treats to an elaborate feeder that will give the animal something different to do each day. These items must be created in a controlled environment where we can provide the animals with safe healthy items they can enjoy.
Renew the Zoo is the perfect program for creating this enrichment. It takes a large number of items to fill all the needs of the animals and once a month they have a large number of volunteers willing to help us.
When: July 9, 2011, 8 – 11 a.m.
Where: Meet by the Old Sloat “Main” Gate on Sloat Blvd and 45th Ave.
Wear: Something warm and comfortable that you don’t mind getting dirty and closed toe shoes. The Zoo provides tools and work gloves, but if you have work gloves, bring them just in case.
Who: Anyone from the PCNC community of alumni and friends. Kids are welcome!
Cost / RSVP: Volunteers for this event gain admittance to the Zoo for FREE! RSVPs are required. Please notify VP of Community Service, Michele Bateman at michele2775[at]gmail.com if you would like to participate.