From reducing your carbon footprint to choosing more sustainably sourced products, every small action counts.
Here at Perth Zoo, we are committed to the principles of sustainability and we've made some enormous changes (and some simple ones!) to minimise our environmental impact.
Take a look at some of the work we do and see how you can implement it into your homes. You may find some actions are easier than you think!
The Zoo has a 240kW solar array spread across seven locations within our 19ha site. You may be able to spot them on animal enclosures, administrative buildings or even at the eco-toilet!
Rooftop solar for homes is becoming more affordable and is a great way to generate your own electricity and reduce your carbon footprint.
But if that's not for you right now, there's a super simple way to make use of solar power. Avoid using a dryer when doing laundry and hang your clothes to dry in the bright sunshine instead.
We have won awards for our clever water reuse throughout the Zoo. For example, water that is used to breed the critically endangered Western Swamp Tortoise is then redirected into the Australian Wetlands, before being funnelled into our Main Lake. That means we're saving wildlife and water at the same time - win win!
It's nice and simple to reuse water at home. Just place a bucket in the shower to catch the exta drops and use it in your garden. You'll be suprised at how quickly a bucket will fill in just one shower!
Or, go a step further and install a greywater recycling system that can reuse water from your washing machine and shower.
With more than 1500 animals calling the Zoo home, we see our fair share of animal *ahem* droppings. But none of it goes to waste! We recycle our manure and any green waste to create compost for our beautiful botanical gardens. Composting this waste and saving it from going into the regular bin reduces green house gases.
Composting your own garden waste, food leftovers or paper products is easy and low maintenance. You could even have a worm farm in the yard and make your own nutrient rich organic fertilizer.
Trees are considered the 'lungs' of the Earth, and help to take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Thanks to our beautiful botanical gardens, the Zoo is a lush inner-city oasis where plenty of greenery thrives. With around 3000 trees and palms at the Zoo, our site provides a great carbon sink in amongst a busy city.
Create your own garden at home to attract native insects and plants. Not only will native greenery help absorb some carbon dioxide, but the native species can thrive off little water as they are accustomed to our warm Australian climate.
If everyone made just one small change, we can make a big impact together. What will you do?