Adopt a zoo animal

Gone are the days when zoos were primarily freak shows for the passing crowds. Now they fulfil a vital role in preserving the world’s biodiver-sity, not only through research but by providing safe havens for animals that have lost almost all their natural habitat and are being looked after in captivity for a couple of generations until their populations can be re-established. And zoos, like everywhere else, are seriously short of cash.

Sponsoring an animal (or sponsoring one on behalf of someone else in memoriam, or as a gift) is an excellent way to help zoos continue their excellent work and to contribute to conservation in a tangible way. And you will be amazed at how much you learn when you start reading up on ‘your’ animal.

Find out how to sponsor an animal at the Johannesburg Zoo » 

This tip appears in “Going Green: 365 Ways To Change Our World” by Simon Gear and is provided courtesy Penguin Books.

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