Recycled Christmas trees can be placed in bayous to protect Louisiana's coastline. Ribbons and bows can be reused on future gifts. But what happens to defunct string lights at the end of the holiday season—or those that didn't survive another year of storage in the attic?
The Audubon Zoo launched a recycling program for the non-biodegradable seasonal menace. Now through Jan. 13, people can drop off string lights in a recycling bin outside the zoo's front gates. The initiative benefits animals two ways: proceeds from recycling support the Wildlife Conservation Network’s Lion Recovery Fund, and recycled string lights won't end up in a landfill, where they could tangle wild animals.
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Only natural green trees can be recycled.
“Lights for Lions is an impactful way to connect our community with an important conservation initiative,” said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman in a press release. “We will make sure all string lights are responsibly recycled, so community members can enjoy their holidays knowing that they helped save animals in the wild.”
Lions are categorized as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which means the big cats are threatened with extinction. There are half as many lions alive in the world today as there were 25 years ago—about 23,000, according to the Wildlife Conservation Network.
The Audubon Zoo is closed Thursday for Thanksgiving and reopens Friday.
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