Dr. Chloe Wilde is our wildlife biologist. She studied ecology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her favorite topic of study is conservation. Dr. Wilde is passionate about learning about and teaching others about how they can help wild cat populations, including reducing their use of products with palm oil in them. Though Carolina Tiger Rescue does not have any, Dr. Wilde’s favorite animal to study is the clouded leopard.
Dr. Wilde’s Blog 4/22/21
Happy Earth Day! Let’s talk about some ways we can help the world around us. Earth Day began 51 years ago in the United States as a movement to help our planet. Around this time, people began to pay more attention to the effects we had on the planet, like pollution. They knew something had to change. Today, more than 1 billion people in more than 190 countries participate. Earth Day happens only once a year on April 22 but we can be kind to the earth every day. A few small changes to your day can make a ~world~ of difference.
The easiest way to remember how you can help the planet is to remember “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” Reduce means to use less, reuse means to use more than once, and recycle means using something old to make something new. Here are some easy ways you can help:
- Turn the water off while you brush your teeth.
- Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
- Use reusable napkins or use as few as you can.
- Drink from a reusable water bottle instead of many plastic disposable bottles.
- Craft with leftover art supplies or with items that would normally end up in the trash, like cardboard boxes or bottle tops.
Can you think of any other ways to be more earth-friendly?
Here at Carolina Tiger Rescue, we try our best to help the environment. We collect recyclables to reduce the amount of trash we produce. Local grocery stores donate fruit and vegetables that may not sell – our kinkajous and coatimundi enjoy them instead of letting them go to waste. And one of my favorite things is how we turn boxes, toilet paper tubes, Christmas trees, and many other items into enrichment for the animals. This Earth Day, I want to challenge you to make one change in your life, big or small, that helps our planet. In turn, you will be helping animals like India Tiger, Anthony Leopard, and Tio Tiger! As a reward for making that change, see if an adult will help you make Earth Day cookies or your own crayons! You can find instructions for each on our Activities page. Looking for more ideas and inspiration? Check out our Earth Day video on our Videos page.