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Enrichment making at Edinburgh Zoo
What Edinburgh Zoo is doing
  • Poo from zoo animals is turned into compost and used to fertilise the beautiful plants around the park
  • Cardboard boxes, paper bags and other harmless items are used to make enrichment devices for the animals 
  • Our keepers re-use eucalyptus leaves for chimpanzee bedding after the koalas have eaten the tips
  • We use solar panels on the otter house to warm their water and for the microphone system at the African Plains enclosure 
  • Our paper and cardboard is collected and recycled 
  • Out of date advertising banners are used as covers for the zoo’s compost bins
  • Before they are recycled cardboard egg trays are used to house our crickets
  • We have an area of our intranet where zoo staff can swap and exchange items
  • All the coffee we use in the zoo is Fairtrade coffee 
  • Wood is re-used in the zoo instead of buying in new 
What YOU can do at the zoo:
  • Travel to the zoo by public transport 
  • Recycle your plastic bottles and drink cans in our recycling bins located around the zoo
  • Buy Fairtrade products in our shop and cafes
  • Buy a chimpanzee badge or ape vine magazine in Budongo Trail. All money raised goes to the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda 
What YOU can do at home:
  • Switch your TV off standby when you are not using it. If everyone in the UK did this over £50 million could be saved each year!
  • When you make a cup of tea or coffee only boil the amount of water you need.  If everyone did this just for one day we could save enough energy to light every UK street light the next night!
  • Recycle all the items you can, from cardboard and plastic bottles to glass and cans
  • Save water by turning off the taps when you are brushing your teeth
  • Why not switch to a green renewable energy supplier?
  • Choose Fairtrade products whenever you can
  • Try out eco shopping – buy locally produced food and items with less packaging around them
  • Take the bus or walk or cycle rather than taking your car for short journeys
  • If you enjoy eating fish, look out for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) tick on the packaging of the fish. This means that the fish have been caught sustainably and in a way which doesn’t harm other marine life.
  • Plant bee-friendly flowers in your garden
  • Help reduce your water consumption by placing a brick or hippo water saver in your toilet cistern
  • Rainforests are being cut down to grow palm trees to get palm oil for food and cosmetics. Make sure the food and cosmetics you buy containing sustainable palm oil
  • Look out for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo on wood and paper products