Entities around the globe have ditched using one-time-use plastic straws in an effort to keep them from ending up in oceans and animal habitats worldwide. Tanganyika Wildlife Park does not sell plastic single-use straws at the Park in support of this mission.
The United States uses 500 million plastic straws every day, according to Strawless Ocean, who is leading the effort to go straw-free.
Many plastic straws end up in the world’s oceans, polluting the water and harming sea life. One small change, of eliminating single-use plastic straws, can have a significant impact, according to Strawless Ocean.
Most plastic straws are too lightweight to make it through mechanical recycling sorters and can frequently end up as garbage. Straws are among the top 10 items found during beach cleanups and harm marine and land creatures according to act.oceanconservancy.org.
Not using single-use plastic straws is an easy and simple way to take action to address plastic pollution.
“Our mission is to be stewards for animals in our care, and in the wild. This is just one of the small ways Tanganyika continues to have an impact on rare and endangered species around the world,” Tanganyika Wildlife Park Director Jim Fouts said.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and to celebrate the Park is selling souvenir cups complete with reusable straws for $10. Park guests can celebrate 10 years with TWP with one of these special edition 10th Anniversary cups and get free refills all season.