Take Action

​What Can You Do?

Everyone has the power to help save wild things and wild places. That power is your individual voice, your awareness and your actions. So in addition to visiting the Zoo and meeting our animal ambassadors, here are a few simple suggestions that will help save their counterparts in the wild. Click on the animals to discover ways you can help these species as well as countless others living in the same habitat.

African Elephant

  • Take the 96 Elephants pledge to show you support measures aimed at combating the global ivory trade.

  • Only purchase products made from sustainable alternatives to ivory. [close]

Alaskan Brown Bear

  • When you go camping, secure all of your food and trash items to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife into campsites. 

  • Follow the Leave No Trace principles ​​​whenever you're spending time in nature. [close]

Amur Tiger

  • Recycle old cell phones and other electronics during Power Recycling Weekends or at recycling centers in your area. Recycling helps to preserve tiger habitat by reducing the demand for metals, like aluminum, and rare earth elements mined in Russia.

  • Buy and use the Save Vanishing Species stamp from United States Postal Service. They feature a cute tiger cub, and part of the proceeds go to Multinational Species Conservation Fund. [close]

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

  • Plant a tree together! It s roots help keep water and soil in place.

  • Start a compost pile. Feeding your lawn or garden with compost instead of fertilizer means fewer chemicals are introduced into the environment.

  • Plant a rain garden together using native plants. Putting plants in a wet area of your yard keeps soil from eroding, and native plants don't need fertilizer to grow big and strong. [close]

Bald Eagle

  • Maintain a safe distance of at least 300 feet anytime you're observing a nest. Also, limit the use of recreational vehicles, especially during the breeding and nesting seasons.​ [close]

Orangutan (Bornean and Sumatran)

Pacific Walrus

  • Reduce the energy consumption in your home by unplugging electronics and small appliances when they're not in use, and by adjusting your thermostat 2 degrees up in the summer and down in the winter.

  • ​Drive smart and drive less. Shut off your car when it will sit idle for more than 10 seconds, like in the drive-thru or when loading/unloading passengers. Carpool and take mass transit when you can. [close]

Smooth Dogfish Shark

  • Before you buy, read the labels on your foods to make sure you're purchasing sustainable fish and seafood. Download the Seafood Watch app to make shopping even easier. [close]