We have all heard how interconnected the animal kingdom and the human race are, but the importance can best be seen through pollinators. Pollinators are bees, butterflies, other insects, birds and bats that carry pollen from one plant to another as they nectar.
This process of pollination helps the plants reproduce. These important working animals are responsible for pollinating 75% of flowering plants and crops. Without pollinators, we would not have strawberries, zucchini, coffee, chocolate or many of the other foods we enjoy!
Unfortunately, pollinators have seen an unprecedented decline in recent years, even to the extent of some bee species being listed as endangered! Watch the video to learn more.
The Zoo will host a Butterfly Release supported by Medical Mutual on Saturday, 9/16 and will include interactions with the Zoo’s Wild Toledo conservation team and education department. Weekly butterfly releases supported by Medical Mutual will occur in Nature’s Neighborhood on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 3 p.m. into the fall. Join us!