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No Problem Too Big

Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve. If we change our own habits, and advocate for businesses and governments to change theirs, we can save wildlife around the world.

Living in a wildlife-friendly fashion isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. It’s about taking small steps to improve in the midst of busy and complex lives. Often, it’s about learning a new way to accomplish everyday tasks, such as grocery shopping or washing laundry. And once you’ve developed a new habit, you’ll be proud of that small step and ready to take another.

Red wolf in exhibit

One Action at a Time

We’ve done the research to provide practical, effective, science-based actions that we all can take to help save wildlife. Our recommendation: Don’t try everything at once. Just think about one step you can test in your daily life, share with your friends and family, and integrate into your routine.

And when you’ve conquered that first step, add another! As we build up our planet-friendly habits, as well as advocate for larger social and political change, we can make tremendous progress that will help wildlife thrive in our urbanizing world.

Conservation Action Challenge

Are you ready to take action with us? Lincoln Park Zoo’s Conservation Action Challenge program helps you develop family-friendly, eco-conscious habits that support wildlife, both locally and globally.

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Take Action With Us

The zoo is on this journey with you. We are auditing our internal practices and, just like you, setting goals and getting better each and every day. For Wildlife. For All. Together, we can start a movement that makes a difference—join us!

We Can Work Together to:

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Support Healthy Forests

Being careful about the products we buy every day can help support healthy forests. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifies goods produced through responsible forest management, which benefits countless wildlife species.

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A wild coyote standing in a cemetery during the day

Live Wildlife Friendly

Humans and animals must learn to coexist in order to reduce conflict and conserve threatened species. Regardless of where we live—whether in the countryside or a big city—our small choices can make a big impact on local wildlife.

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Choose Sustainable Palm Oil

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has developed a set of environmental and social criteria for certified sustainable palm oil production, giving us the power to support responsibly sourced products that support wildlife.

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A wild European white stork standing in the water near plastic litter

Reduce Plastic Pollution

Plastic debris impacts more than 600 marine species, and reports predict there will be more plastic than fish, by volume, in the ocean by 2050. But, by making a few small lifestyle changes, we can turn the tide to save our oceans and local waterways.

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Make Climate-friendly Choices

Deforestation and burning fossil fuels releases rampant amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, but there is still time to mitigate some of the worst climate-change scenarios—if we come together to make personal changes while also advocating for political and systemic change.

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Black-and-white colobus monkey with infant in exhibit

Let Primates Be Primates

When primates are used for entertainment, it can negatively impact both individual animal welfare and the conservation of entire species. By refusing to support these activities, we can improve the lives of primates around the world.

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An African penguin eating a fish

Choose Sustainable Seafood

Although the oceans and their resources seem vast and untapped, in reality, 90 percent of the world’s fisheries are being fully or over exploited—or have already collapsed. But, by carefully managing these resources, we can revitalize fish stocks and ensure their long-term health.

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Bali myna in exhibit

End Wildlife Trafficking 

The illegal trafficking of wildlife products is driving the decline of many wild populations. Worldwide, this illicit trade is valued at up to $10 billion per year, behind only drugs, weapons, and human trafficking. Together, we can reduce demand for these products and end the illegal wildlife trade.

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