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Helping to Protect the Gulf

June 30, 2010

You’ve read about what a wolf’s winter coat does for the wolf, but I bet you’ll be surprised by what the wolf’s winter coat does for other wildlife. No, I’m not talking about the birds that use it as nesting material, although that is one of its uses. I’m talking about all the coastal wildlife potentially harmed by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. What in the world does wolf fur have to do with the oil spill? Well, I’ll tell you.

There is a non-profit ecological organization called Matter of Trust that supports a program called the Hair Mat Oil Spill Program. This program collects hair and fur and packs it into used nylons to make booms. They tie the booms together and line them up to create a barrier between the oil and the fragile habitats along the coast. The porous nature of the fur absorbs the oil and helps protect many other animals and their habitats.

So this summer, when the wolves shed out nearly four large garbage bags of perfect oil-absorbing fur, we’ll be sending it for a cause. In fact, our sheep, dogs, and other furry park critters are contributing, too. We are so excited that we are able to make such a direct impact on our environment, and we need your help. Donate your own pet’s fur, or even your own hair, and become a part of the solution. You can get details at http://www.matteroftrust.org/.

Megan
Wolf Trainer at Busch Gardens

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ben permalink
    June 30, 2010 9:14 am

    Sports Clips in New Town is donating all hair they cut to the same place. An easy way to help a great cause! Way to go Busch Gardens!

  2. Teresa permalink
    June 30, 2010 1:16 pm

    Wonderful post! Thanks, Megan.

  3. Emily permalink
    July 6, 2010 11:35 am

    Wow! What a great idea!

  4. Marcus permalink
    July 6, 2010 7:53 pm

    Thanks!

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