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UNLESS Contest

May 2018

A group of sixth grade students participated in the Philadelphia Zoo’s UNLESS contest. The contest encouraged students to focus on electricity or water conservation. Both of these contribute to climate change in a significant way, and climate change is impacting many animals and habitats across the globe. This group of Weiser Wonders choose to focus on creating a riparian buffer zone on the school property down near Big Spring Road. The goal is to have this vegetative zone serve as a buffer to pollutants entering Furnace Creek from runoff, control erosion, and provide habitat and nutrient input into the water. These students also worked hard to bring awareness of the plight of the Guam Kingfisher. The Guam kingfisher is completely extinct in the wild, but captive breeding programs at zoos hope to keep their populations stable until they can be reintroduced to Guam. While this project is a small part what society can do to help with water conservation, the students learned that “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not!” (Dr. Seuss, The Lorax). Nearly 3,000 students in over 375 classes from over 150 schools participated in the zoo’s contest this year. Weiser Wonders was honored to have received a second place finish for all of their hard work.