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Congratulations! You share traits with the Opossum, a resilient and adaptable marsupial known for thriving in diverse environments. Like the Opossum, you possess a knack for finding opportunity in unexpected places and navigating life’s twists and turns with ease. Your resourcefulness and ingenuity make you a master of adaptation. Embrace these qualities and let your flexibility lead you to success! 

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, aka The Greenest Zoo in America®, is moving closer to its goal to be Net Zero Waste by 2025A cross-departmental team, along with partners from the community, set out to make the Zoo’s big 2023 fundraising events zero waste and was able to divert 2 ½ tons of waste away from the landfill along with 3 tons of recyclable materials.   Next steps involve looking for ways that the Zoo can expand its zero waste efforts into its daily operations to achieve its net zero waste goal.  This effort includes partnering with the Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub to divert difficult-to-recycle items. 

Did you know? 

  • Virginia opossums are the only marsupials native to North America.  
  • They have a prehensile tail, which they use for balance and gripping objects.  
  • When threatened, Virginia opossums may “play dead” as a defense mechanism, hence the term “playing possum.” 

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Recycle and Reuse

Dive into the world of opossums and champion their conservation by embracing responsible waste management practices! Just like these resourceful creatures, we can adapt and thrive by sorting our trash and recycling. By taking simple steps to properly dispose of waste, you play a vital role in preserving their natural habitats. Join us in fostering a cleaner environment where opossums and humans coexist harmoniously. Let your actions reflect the spirit of the opossum, paving the way for a sustainable future for all. Consider taking items accepted to the Recycling and Reuse Hub if you are local to Cincinnati or find a specialty recycling center in your city! You can be like an opossum in your ingenuity!

Come see Opal the Opossum and other Ambassador Animals at the Zoo:

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