June 05, 2019

Hello! My name is “Deb Bree,” and I am a horned puffin here at the Saint Louis Zoo. You can just call me Deb. In honor of #WorldOceansDay this Saturday, I really want to make sure all of you know that our oceans aren’t looking so clean. My friends here at the Zoo are dedicated to teaching everyone ways they can keep the oceans clean, even if they live in the middle of the country. Saturday is an extra special day for all the animals that call the ocean their home. Come celebrate #WorldOceansDay from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and learn all about ways you can help keep oceans clean. Follow me along today for a special #puffintakeover as I wander around the Zoo and show you all the places you can visit on Saturday!

Hi, it’s Deb again. Did you know recycling is an easy way to help animals everywhere? On Saturday,  come to the Emerson Children’s Zoo to see the sea jellies and coral reef. While there, learn how easy it is to help keep items out of landfills and our oceans by recycling. You can recycle all sorts of things: paper, plastic, glass, electronics, batteries, light bulbs, clothing and even food! #puffintakeover

Come to Penguin & Puffin Coast (my favorite place at the Zoo) and take the pledge to say no to plastic straws. Did you know over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States? It’s easy to say no to straws, or to get a nifty reusable straw to take with you everywhere you go. There might be penguins around here, too, but I personally think puffins are far superior. See you Saturday! #puffintakeover

Down at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by SSM Health, you can learn about microplastics, which are very small pieces of plastic. Aquatic life can easily mistake these teeny tiny pieces of plastic for food, which can be harmful to their stomachs. Learn more about this threat to marine life at World Oceans Day this Saturday. #puffintakeover

It’s a full-on SEALebration over at the Judy and Jerry Kent Family Sea Lion Sound! Come wish a happy birthday to all the pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) that have June birthdays, which is almost all of them! Take the #byetobags pledge and make a commitment to yourself to remember to use reusable bags. One person switching to reusable bags can keep about 500 plastic bags out of the environment every year! #puffintakeover

Since a human needs the equivalent of four bottles of water a day, you can save around 1,460 single-use plastic bottles a year by switching to a reusable version. My water bottle is 10 years old, so it has saved about 14,600 bottles from being used. It is also a nice way to express yourself with art or fun stickers. Mine even glows in the dark! Here at the Zoo, we have water-filling stations to keep your bottles full during your visit. Don’t forget to stop by the Zoo on Saturday for World Oceans Day. #puffintakeover.