Friday, March 3, is #WorldWildlifeDay, the United Nation’s global celebration of the beauty and diversity of animals and plants on our planet.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Listen to Young Voices.” So, that’s exactly what we did.
High school junior Alex Bussey (picured above) is a member of our Conservation Ambassadors Board, a group of Chicagoland-area teens dedicated to wildlife conservation.
Here are her thoughts on how her generation can ensure a future for humans and wildlife:
“Youth today have the loudest voices and the most brilliant minds that ensure the environment and its creatures are preserved. This has been made apparent to me through working on the Conservation Ambassadors Board. We have been so adaptive to the changing world; we have utilized our technology and interpersonal skills to help spread our message of conservation. One of these occasions was our Polar Paws event [pictured below], in which we teamed up with an international nonprofit and shared our message with hundreds of people.”
"Attending the St. Louis Zoo’s Youth Ocean Conservation Summit was also an incredible experience. It really showed me that teenagers have the drive and passion to put wildlife at the forefront of our conversations. Our small group has done extensive work for wildlife: organized events to help to spread our message, created action plans that solve ecological issues, and connected to people of all ages and aided in their understanding of the current problems facing wildlife today. I truly believe that today’s youth has the capability and the dedication to change our world and our environment for the better."
Teens make a difference at Lincoln Park Zoo in many ways. Besides the Conservation Ambassadors Board, the zoo also offers internships, research apprenticeships and day-camp volunteer roles for teens every summer. Our application deadline for this summer’s programs is March 31.
Learn more and apply for teen opportunities at Lincoln Park Zoo.