We all can help to protect our city, province, and earth by doing great things at home and in our community.
Here is a short list of ways you can help!


Reduce pollution

  • Re-use all disposable items at least once (or better yet many times!) Glass jars are perfect for holding pens or other items, plastic containers may be the perfect size for your cell phone accessories.
  • Take hazardous materials to approved drop off locations.
  • Recycle! Staples stores take a variety of office supplies like used calculators, pens, highlighters, and all types of ink and toner cartridges. Click here for a complete list of where to take recyclable material.
  • Battery and cell phone recycling: Our partnership with Call2Recycle® Canada is one way that small changes can make a large impact. Permanent collection bins are located year-round at Wild Things Unique Gifts at the main Zoo Entrance and The Pavilion. To learn more about Call2Recycle® Canada, please visit their website.

Fight climate change

  • Plant a tree in your front yard.
  • Walk, bike, or bus whenever you can. It's good for the environment and good for you!
  • Download the Tails Up! App to learn more about animal species and what you can do to help.
  • Plan a vacation close to home rather than flying. Explore some of the many things to do within our own province! Here's some great resources: Parks Canada, Tourism Winnipeg, Travel Manitoba


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Protect native species and places

  • Visit provincial and national parks to fall in love with nature.
  • Plant native species for butterflies and bees. For example; milkweed is the only food source for monarch butterflies. Learn more
  • Be sure to thoroughly clean your boats and water toys when travelling between lakes ​to protect from invasive species. Learn more.

Help animals around the world

  • Every September Assiniboine Park Zoo celebrates Red Panda Day to raise money and awareness for these lovable animals. Join in on the fun or check out the Red Panda Network and their work in Asia to protect the wild red panda and its habitat.
  • A key element in the manufacture of cell phones is mined in the same areas that mountain gorillas call home. Donate your old cell phone to Eco-Cell, They're working to protect critical gorilla habitat in the Congo and every donation counts.
  • Download the Tails Up! App to learn more about animal species and what you can do to help.


Help save our birds! 

Window collisions in North America kill up to one billion birds every year and is a leading cause of songbird population declines. Birds that use habitat in Manitoba can be residents that remain in the province year-round or migrants that fly through in Spring and Fall.  

What is the problem?
There are two main reasons why birds collide with windows. One reason is that birds have a hard time recognizing glass, especially if vegetation is reflected in the windows. Often times nearby trees and plants make windows look like open space that a bird can fly through. The other problem is lights left on at night that are attractive to migrating birds. These birds are drawn to light sources instinctively and often end up hitting windows when trying to navigate through urban areas.  

What can YOU do?

You can help save our birds! The best way to help is by breaking up window reflection by using a window treatment. Some suggestions for easy, cost efficient, temporary mitigation is to draws lines on the window with either a bar of soap or a marker. Space the lines approximately two inches apart to ensure birds can see them. Another option is to use dots similar to those on the Park Café patio windows. These dots can be ordered online from Feather Friendly. Small changes, like lines or dots on windows, protect the birds that call Manitoba home as well as the visiting birds that pass through during migration. We hope you’ll join us in protecting our feathered friends! 

Helping Scientists

There are many ways that you can help scientists understand the world around us. Volunteering with environmental organizations or participating in citizen science projects are both great ways to learn about the natural world while assisting scientists collect information. The Assiniboine Park Zoo is currently in the midst of developing several citizen science projects to get more people involved in our conservation programs. In the meantime, here are some of our favourite citizen science and volunteer opportunities that are available.  


Support Us

Help us conserve wild places and wild animals by making a donation to the Assiniboine Park Conservancy's Wildlife Conservation Fund.