To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, San Diego Zoo Global is partnering with the Earth Day Network to bring a Virtual Earth Day Celebration into homes around the world! You are heartily invited to participate in any and all of these Earth Day 2020 activities. Those with * can be done throughout the year, so you can make every day Earth Day!
Tune in on April 22, 2020
11:30 a.m. (Pacific Time): San Diego Zoo Global ambassador Rick Schwartz will be on the Earth Day Network's Earth Day Live, introducing the dedicated team of researchers and wildlife care specialists at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center. Join the stream to learn about the importance of conserving species, with focus on San Diego Zoo Global’s efforts to save the northern white rhino from the brink of extinction.
Noon (Pacific Time): Check out the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Facebook Live feed to ask questions and learn more from the researchers and wildlife care specialists at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center.
Show your support for gorillas by printing out and coloring this page. Then, tape it to a window facing outward so your neighbors can see and appreciate it. And ask a grown up to share it on the Zoo's Facebook page (facebook.com/SanDiegoZoo).
Gorillas need our help! Coltan is a mineral found in mobile phones and other small electronics. It is mined in areas where endangered gorillas live. How can we help? By recycling our old cellphones. Doing so means the coltan be reused instead of needing to be mined, which helps protect gorilla habitat.
Research and Record*
Observe wildlife like a professional! One way that field researchers identify, count, and understand animals is by looking at views collected on trail cameras. Then, they make an ethogram—a chart to record what they see. You can do the same thing.
Download this ethogram form and start by viewing one (or more!) of our 12 livestreaming cams. Watch and record what you see as our wildlife explore, eat, swing, roll, pounce, and play throughout their day.
Nature Scavenger Hunt*
Take pictures or observe nature through a window, in your yard, or on a walk. What type of nature do you see—clouds, trees, flowers, or animals? What do you smell, feel, or hear? Download this journal sheet and record your observations. Keep taking notes each day, and notice the changes you record.
Become a Citizen Scientist*
Anyone can become a “citizen scientist” and contribute valuable data to conservation researchers by helping to count and identify giraffes and burrowing owls—online from your own couch. Click on each project to sign up and join in.