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Become a Planet Protector!

What is a planet protector? A planet protector is someone who in aware of how their choices affect the environment around them and believes that their choices matter. At the Kansas City Zoo and Aquarium we encourage making positive choices by:

  • Conserve: turning off lights, unplugging electronics when not in use or planting your own garden.

  • Preserve: reusing or refusing items that could end up in our landfills or waterways.

  • Influence: sharing the positive choices you are making to inspire others to do the same.

We encourage teachers to share our calls to action on how to become a Planet Protector with your students. 

Cell Phone Recycling

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Be a planet protector by unplugging your devices. Not only we will this save your household on electricity cost, but it can keep your devices healthier longer, reducing the need for new ones. By choosing to keep your devices healthy you are choosing a healthy planet too!

Learn more about cell phone recycling through Project eco-cell. 

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil


Be a planet protector by checking your common food and household items for responsible sources. Share what you have learned about Certified Sustainable Palm Oil with your household and teach them how to look for certified products. By choosing items with Certified Sustainable Palm Oil, you can help prevent habitat destruction and protect forest habitats worldwide.

Learn more about identifying certified products from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

SHARE RSPO's Sustainable Pail Oil Toolkit for Kids with your students.

Responsible Pet Ownership


Be a planet protector by doing research before purchasing a new pet. All animals have different needs to make the perfect home. It is important to understand what you may or may not be able to provide for any animal. Making informed choices shows respect for wildlife and ensures a healthy planet. 

Learn more about how you can help by learning about the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Not a Pet Campaign

Step - Up Program And Zoo Membership/ Visiting The Zoo

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Be a planet protector by sharing with your friends and family why wildlife is important to you. By sharing what you have learned you can help everyone make better choices for a happy, healthy planet!

Learn more about the Kansas City Zoo and Aquarium's efforts here

Sustainable Seafood / Seafood Watch


Be a planet protector by checking your food items for responsible sources. Share with your household what you have learned about sustainable seafood and teach them how to look for certified products. By choosing sustainable seafood you can protect our ocean ecosystems!

Learn more about Seafood WATCH

Refuse Singe Use Items - Choose Reusables Instead


Be a planet protector be refusing single use plastic items. By choosing reusable items like water bottles and straws, you can help keep our oceans and waterways healthy. Your choices matter for a happy, healthy planet so choose the reusable option! 

Learn more about single use plastics from Plastic Free July.

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