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Nov 16, 2010

Feed Me Now

Feed Me Now from Bristol Zoo Gardens 

Feed Me Now: an educational carnivorous plant exhibit 

For six days in May, two days in June and seven days in July 2010 Bristol Zoo Gardens organised activities and took part in the world wide celebration of Plant Conservation Day, National Biodiversity Day and regionally at the Bristol Festival of Nature.

As part of these celebrations an educational exhibit was created to promote and show the value of Carnivorous plants and their habitat. Carnivorous plants or Insect eating plants, have the ability to capture and eat small invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians and is one of the most surprising and wonderful aspect of nature. Carnivorous plants, like amphibians, are sentinels of the general quality of the environment. One of the first things to disappear when a wetland habitat degrades is its carnivorous plants.

The key messages visitors would take from interacting with the exhibit looked to encourage and increase environmentally positive behaviours through closely linked actions they could take and achieve to help save these plants and their habitat in the wild.

Our society’s mission is to maintain and defend biodiversity through breeding endangered species, conserving threatened species and habitats, and promoting a wider understanding of the natural world. The aims of the educational display were to engage visitors with an exciting, fun and interactive experience that they would remember as being part of their day at Bristol Zoo Gardens during summer months when the zoo is at its busiest and also to highlight Plant Conservation day, National Biodiversity day and at the Bristol Festival of Nature.

The key objectives were to: 
• Encourage visitors to think insectivorous plants are amazing 
• Inform visitors about issues affecting the habitat of carnivorous plants, particularly peat bogs 
• To get visitors actively involved in their conservation by empowering them to take positive actions themselves through: 
• Not buying peat compost and peat products and 
• By buying insectivorous plants that are artificially propagated and have not been collected from the wild. Our core audience at the zoo are families with young children, the exhibit would reflect this and actively incorporated activities to cater for them and the wider public. 

Developed by:  Bristol Zoo Gardens

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