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Audubon Zoo is Collecting Discarded Holiday Lights to Support Lions

Take action with Audubon Zoo this holiday season and make a positive impact on the natural world. The Zoo is collecting string lights for recycling now through January 13 as part of Audubon’s “Lights for Lions” conservation campaign to save lions in the wild.  

Lion populations have declined by half in just a quarter century. Their loss signals the loss of the wild in Africa. All proceeds from Audubon’s "Lights for Lions“ recycling program will support the Wildlife Conservation Network’s Lion Recovery Fund. Every string of lights donated makes a difference.  

“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. “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.”  

Most string lights are not bio-degradable and are dangerous to animals if they get tangled in the strands. The public can help by recycling unused or discarded lights and keeping them from going to a landfill. The “Lights for Lions” drop-off box is located outside of the Zoo front entrance.  

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Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.