San Antonio Zoo employees volunteer to clean Brac­kenridge Park after Easter

River cleanup helps ensure safety of area wildlife

San Antonio Zoo employees are helping Brackenridge Park recover from Easter weekend celebrations by cleaning the riverbanks at the park on Wednesday morning.

Although San Antonio Parks and Recreation crews cleaned up a majority of the mess on Monday, there was still visible debris along the banks two days later.

Heavy rain overnight washed in even more debris and left the riverbanks swollen.

Amy Bee took time off from her duties as a zookeeper to volunteer with the San Antonio Zoo Green Team in their 5th-annual River Cleanup on Wednesday morning. .

"It's people not cleaning up after themselves and also the wind doesn't help when things go flying and people don't go running after their stuff," said Bee.

"I want to keep this area clean so we can enjoy it and make it safe for the animals here," said Libby Castillo, a Zoo employee/volunteer.

Volunteers weren't only concerned with large pieces of trash, but small trash like confetti, cigarette butts and fake grass were also a big focus because of the danger it poses to wildlife. 

"They could potentially try to eat it or try to mess with," said Bee, "They can get tangled up in it."

Castillo said she loves the Easter park tradition and enjoyed doing her part of help with cleanup. 

She said it was also a valuable reminder about how trash can  impact on the wildlife. 

"I know I'm going to think twice before I crack cascarones in a nature area," she said.

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