Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) Trunkline Magazine: September 2016 | Page 25


Believe in Your Zoo

Today ’ s modern zoo transcends the definition spelled out for us in Webster ’ s Dictionary . While zoos are without a doubt a place to gather to observe animals , they are also so much more . Accredited zoos are leaders in animal welfare and species survival . We collectively offer compelling animal encounters , and science and conservation education to over 12 million students annually . Accredited zoos help create family memories for 183 million people each year and stand in solidarity to protect habitats and animals worldwide .
Zoos are a critical entity . It ’ s easy to take for granted lush , green backyards , nearby parks and the opportunities we have to explore or vacation in unique locations to observe animals in their habitats . These experiences that we may take for granted are unfortunately not an option for everyone , but are important for all . Seeing , touching , hearing and smelling animals or nature in real life helps each of us gain perspective and compassion that we cannot gain from television , iPads or our phones . Can you imagine having never been close enough to see or hear a lion ? Or watch an elephant play in a mound of clay ?
Your Zoo takes the responsibility of making sure as many children and families as possible are introduced to these beautiful , special animals so they can better appreciate the delicate balance in which we all live . We work to educate the community and encourage everyone to align their daily actions and behaviors in a way that helps to ensure a world where all people respect , value , and conserve wildlife and wild places . We are the facilitator and the engaging connector for many people to support conservation who would love to help but need a less complicated approach to participate in a meaningful way . We bring together the community to rally for critical causes , leveraging support for reputable programs and organizations that can and will make a difference .
The Louisville Zoo , YOUR Louisville Zoo , is fortunate to be centrally located in the community and region and able to provide these important experiences and invaluable resources . Along with our accrediting organizations , the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and American Alliance of Museums , we believe in a better future for all and are glad to be working alongside you — our dedicated members , donors and guests — to make it happen .
Through your financial investment , you voice your support of the Louisville Zoo . You are telling us you believe in our work to provide top-notch animal care and enrichment , world-class science education and innovative exhibitry and species conservation efforts .
There are a variety of ways to show you believe in your Zoo including adding $ 5 , $ 10 , $ 25 or more for the Annual Fund on your next membership renewal ; setting up a recurring monthly gift ; making a gift to the Leadership Capital Campaign ; or by including the Zoo in your estate plans with a bequest or by naming the Zoo as beneficiary on an insurance policy gift .
Every gift does truly make a difference . To make a gift , visit louisvillezoo . org / support or contact the Development office at 502-238-5615 .
Inside Your Zoo
Through Sept . 12 , your Zoo is teaming up with the conservation movement 96Elephants and partners around the country as we attempt to break the world record for producing the largest number of origami elephants . The goal is 35,000 origami elephants , which is the number of elephants killed every year in Africa for their ivory . If we succeed , the announcement will be made on National Elephant Appreciation Day , Sept . 22 . Can ’ t make it to the Zoo ? Mail in or drop off your paper elephants . Visit louisvillezoo . org / origami for more details .
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