Huge problems like habitat loss and climate change will only be solved by hundreds of millions of better, more informed, decisions being made every day across America.” – Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard.
scarlet tanager in tree
Scarlet Tanager by Ryan A Candee

Animals In Your Backyard

In North America, the ranges of more than 300 birds are predicted to shrink and shift as climate change affects the conditions birds need to survive. For example, the migratory scarlet tanager may no longer return to our Ohio forests in spring by 2080. It will have to fly further north to find suitable habitat, of which there will be 26% less available.

Reptiles and amphibians like box turtles struggle to find suitable habitat under climate change. Saving energy will help turtles survive by reducing carbon emissions, thus keeping the climate stable.

The Polar Bear Connection

polar bear

Using less energy produced by carbon-based fuels reduces our carbon emissions and can slow and even stop global warming, in turn saving our sea ice. Polar bears require sea ice for efficient hunting. Without sea ice, polar bears will decline in range and numbers, making them vulnerable to extinction in the future.

Did You Know?

Heating and cooling account for roughly half the energy consumption in an average home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

polar bear international logoThe Cincinnati Zoo is proud to partner with Polar Bears International as an Arctic Ambassador Center. The goal of this partnership is to sustain a future for polar bears across the Arctic. Learn more about climate change from Polar Bears International


Take Action

Legislative Education Center: This site makes it easy to write to your local representatives to support various wildlife-related bills

Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance: Learn more about renewable energy projects

Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability: Learn more about what the City of Cincinnati is doing to go green

Recycle: Learn more about recycling in Cincinnati