The Santa Barbara Zoo, and Recycled Water Too!
Masai giraffe calf Daniel, born in January 2011, with his mother, Audrey, at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Photo Credit: Sheri Horiszny
Did you know that the Santa Barbara Zoo has been a leader in recycled water use since 1989? Many of the turf areas are irrigated with recycled water, as well as used for water features for the Gibbon Island, Swan Lake, and the capybara exhibit. The City and the Zoo have teamed up to maximize its use at the site and once currently planned conversions are completed, 93% of all irrigated area will use recycled water.
According to Rich Block, Chief Executive Officer, "The zoo is excited to provide a fun, entertaining, and safe environment for families to enjoy while also helping to conserve our community's precious water supplies".
On their website, it states that "The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation." Through their dedication to reducing reliance on our precious potable water supplies through the use of recycled water and implementation of water conservation programs, the Zoo demonstrates their commitment to this mission statement. In addition, they have many more programs, including waste management, solar electricity generation, and use of biodegradable cups, plates, and flatware, that further reveal their desire to contribute to our community and the natural world in general.
Kudos to the Santa Barbara Zoo for being a leader in innovative environmental programs!