World Oceans Day

Today is World Oceans Day! Every year on June 8, communities around the world celebrate all that the ocean offers: marine life, seafood, lanes for international trade, and more. Sadly, pollution and over-consumption have hurt many species. World Oceans Day is an important time for us to think about how life depends on our oceans and what we should do to protect them for the future.

We can all make simple lifestyle changes to decrease pollution and over-consumption. Here are a few steps you can take in and around Potter Park Zoo:

1. Reuse water bottles and grocery bags. Whenever you visit the zoo or any other place, bring your own water bottle to fill up at a drinking fountain and your own grocery bag to put items in. The more you do these things, the less plastic is wasted.

2. Buy locally-sourced food as much as possible. Farmers’ markets are a great place to do this; find one near you.

3. Explore different modes of transportation. Walk, bike, take public transit, and carpool often. Potter Park Zoo is located along the Red Cedar River, and is easily accessible by bike or foot from the beautiful Lansing River Trail.

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught." -Baba Dioum

This is a quote we firmly believe in at the zoo. We hope you’ll join us in our mission to conserve the future of oceans and life – today and every day.