The Green Sweater Girl, Mama, Daddy, Monica, Casey, and Colin were going to the zoo. The Green Sweater Girl was very excited and learned everything she could about the animals she would see.
When they got there, the first exhibit the Green Sweater Girl wanted to see was the Puerto Rican-crested toads.
“They’re endangered!” the Green Sweater Girl said. She had read all about them before she visited the zoo.
“Do you know what that means?” the tour guide, Ms. Amy, asked. The Green Sweater Girl shook her head no. Ms. Amy explained, “There are less than 300 of them left on the planet. That’s why our conservation center has them, to help their population grow.”
Next, they saw the bigger animals, like rhinos, elephants, and tigers. Their habitats were huge – bigger than the Green Sweater Girl’s whole house times three!
“We do our best to mimic each animal’s natural habitat,” Ms. Amy said. “Most of the animals we have here are endangered. The zoo helps them repopulate. Others were injured or abandoned in the wild, and we have to keep them here for good.”
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The Green Sweater Girl kept hearing words like “endangered” and “extinct.” It made her sad to think so many animals might disappear forever.
“What can we do to help the animals?” Monica, her big sister, asked Ms. Amy at the end of the day.
“The best thing you can do is spread awareness. Conservation is a group effort. Everyone on the planet needs to help!” she said.
Lesson: The more we know about the planet, the more we can do to help it. OR Knowledge is power.