Special Event to Benefit Global Conservation Force and Operation Rhino Shield

Rangers play a vital role in keeping endangered species safe from poachers. They work long hours in harsh conditions to track down the poachers before they can harm the animals. Sometimes the trail is one of loss and sadness, but even if the poachers are caught with a rhino horn, the fact of the matter is they were caught before they could kill again. Creations 4 Wildlife knows that these men and women risk their lives every day. We wanted to find a way to say thank you, so we decided to team up with our friend Mike Veale from Global Conservation Force for a very special event.

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We met Mike through San Diego Zoo Global a few years ago and Dylan soon became one of his biggest fans. When Mike isn’t working with the rangers in Africa (yes, he’s out there risking his life too) he is busy educating people about his anti-poaching and conservation efforts. Mike is also a Senior Mammal Keeper at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, he was one of Nola’s keepers and continues to work with the rhinos, which brings us to the details of our special event.

During the week of March 14 – 20, we will be donating 20% of all Nola bracelet sales to Global Conservation Force to benefit Operation Rhino Shield. In addition, we will continue to give a percentage to the International Rhino Foundation for their programs. Help us thank the rangers and order your Nola bracelet today! 

Global Conservation Force is dedicated to saving wildlife from extinction through education, anti-poaching and conservations efforts. Together we can make a difference!

 

 

Two New Bracelets to Benefit Tigers and Red Pandas

Creations 4 Wildlife has added two new bracelets to the collection. Hope for Tigers and Firefox are newly redesigned bracelets that we hope you will love as much as we do.

Hope for Tigers is inspired by the unique stripe pattern of every tiger – No two are the same. This bracelet is made from 6 mm red tiger eye, citrine quartzite, & amber beads. Sales from our tiger bracelets benefit The Tiger Conservation Campaign.

Firefox is inspired by the characteristic colors of red pandas and the beauty of the Himalayas. This bracelet is made from 6 mm red and black agate beads. Sales from our red panda bracelet benefit the Red Panda Network.

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Let us know what you think of the new designs. We love hearing from out customers!

 

 

Creations 4 Wildlife Fosters Two Elephants

Up to 100 elephants are dying every day to satisfy the illegal wildlife trade. Many of these elephants are mothers with a young calf to care for, who are now left to care for themselves. Young elephants depend on their mothers for the first few years of life, so this time alone is crucial to their survival. Elephant orphans will not survive without someone to feed and care for them, which is why the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is so important to their survival.

Creations 4 Wildlife raised enough funds in 2015 from the sales of our Elephant Haven bracelet to foster two elephant orphans at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). We selected Roi and Simotua as our first foster elephants for the year. Their stories touched us and we knew that these two orphans would be the perfect choice for Creations 4 Wildlife.

Roi was born on December 27, 2013 and orphaned on October 22, 2014. At only 10 months old, she was found next to her dead mother in the company of the rest of her herd. They were living in the Olare Orok Conservancy – Maasai Mara. Roi lost her mother to poachers.
Simotua was born on June 20, 2014 and found alone in the Rumuruti Forest on June 22, 2015. He was in a weak condition with a snare wound on the leg and a spear wound to the head. Sadly, another orphan as the result of poaching.

Nairobi BabiesRoi and Simotua – Photo credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Every Elephant Haven bracelet sold helps Creations 4 Wildlife foster more elephant orphans. We will be fostering another orphan next month when we make our quarterly donations … stay tuned, we will share their stories soon!

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Purchasing one of our Elephant Haven bracelets is only one way you can support the orphans at the DSWT. If you would like to do more, you can also foster your very own elephant orphan. As foster parents you will receive a fostering certificate with a profile and photograph of your adopted orphan together with a description of the Orphans’ Project,  a map indicating where your orphan was found and a description of the habitat and the plight of the elephants in that particular area; monthly highlights and notes from the “Keepers Diary” and more.

 

Our Pangolin Passion Bracelet Helps Save Pangolins

Creations 4 Wildlife recently released the first of four limited edition bracelets for 2016. Pangolin Passion was created to help save the world’s most trafficked mammal – the pangolin. They have been hunted almost to extinction because of mythical beliefs that their scales have medicinal value.
Pangolin scales cannot cure anything, nor should they be listed on any menu as a ‘delicacy’.

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Creations 4 Wildlife hopes to do our part to help save the pangolin by raising $500 from our Limited Edition Pangolin Passion bracelet. Only 50 bracelets were made, making this bracelet almost as rare as the pangolins we are trying to save with it.

Forty percent from every pangolin bracelet sold will go directly to the pangolin program to support WildAid’s initiatives to reduce the demand for pangolin products.

When the buying stops, the killing can too.

Help us help the pangolins and order your Pangolin Passion bracelet today!

Still not sure what a pangolin is? That’s ok, not many people do. Thankfully WildAid created this wonderful video to teach people about the pangolin.

March of the Pangolins from WildAid on Vimeo.

Creations 4 Wildlife Has a New Look!

Creations 4 Wildlife has a new look this year and we are excited to share a sneak peek of the packaging design with you. This is phase 1 of the redesign and we think you will love it as much as we do. Now all Creations 4 Wildlife bracelets will ship out in these small brown kraft pillow boxes, perfect to give as a gift or keep for yourself. Best part is it’s made from recycled materials!

Just one more way we are bringing creativity and conservation together.

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We Must Protect the Pangolin

Pangolins may not be the most common animal and many people may not even know what a pangolin is, but that doesn’t mean that their endangered status is any less important. As I have said before, I believe education and awareness are the cornerstones of conservation. The pangolin is the worlds most trafficked mammal. They have been hunted almost to extinction because of mythical beliefs that their scales have medicinal value. Pangolin meat is also considered a delicacy in China and Vietnam.

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Baba, pictured above,  is tree pangolin from Central Africa. Pangolins are mammals with strong muscles in their limbs and a prehensile tail that live along the edges of the rain forest. Pangolins have sharp claws to help them dig, which you can see in this photo as Baba so gently digs into the keepers arm. They have a very good sense of smell to help them find ants, termites, and beetle larvae – the pangolins main diet. Since they do not eat anything that requires teeth, pangolins have no teeth. Instead, they have a long tongue that can be up to 10″ long – that’s one big tongue capable of lapping up lots of ants and termites.

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Pangolins are covered in hard scales that resemble a pine cone. These scales are used for protection. When the pangolin feels threatened, they will roll up into a ball (similar to an armadillo) and the scales act as armor. Sounds great right? Well, the drawback is these scales are made of keratin and like the rhino’s horn, the pangolin is hunted by poachers for this and other things. Pangolin skin is used for making boots, much like a snake skin boot and some still believe that the scales will ward off evil spirits.

There are eight species of pangolin – four in Africa and four in Asia. All eight species are threatened with extinction, some worse than others with a status of critically endangered. The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Pangolin Specialist Group estimates that more than one million individuals are believed to have been taken from the wild over the past decade.

We believe that the best way to help save the pangolins from becoming extinct in our lifetime is to educate people about the illegal wildlife trade. When people stop buying the products, there will be no demand and the killing can stop too.

 

 

One Bracelet Helps Save Five Rhino Species

Did you know that our Crash of Rhinos bracelet benefits all five remaining species of ‪rhinos‬? That’s right, all five of them … Black rhinos, Sumatran rhinos, Greater One-horned rhinos, Javan rhinos, and White rhinos. 40% of every rhino bracelet sold is donated to the International Rhino Foundation and designated for various conservation programs that they are currently working on. Each time we send in a donation, we specify a different program to make sure that all species are being supported.

Customers have been asking us to make special bracelets for specific rhino species. We love the enthusiasm for rhinos and rhino conservation, which is why we designed our Crash of Rhinos bracelet with all five species in mind.

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Inspired by Team Rhino and the strength of working together.
The multi-colored stones represent the five remaining species of rhino.

No matter what your favorite species of rhino is, this bracelet will be a wonderful conversation starter about the plight of the rhino and how we can all help save them by supporting organizations like the International Rhino Foundation.

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Thank you for a wonderful 2015!

This has been an unforgettable year for us and we have you, our wonderful customers, to thank for the success we have had as a new business. Your support means the world to us and we would like to thank you for supporting Creations 4 Wildlife and our mission to help save endangered species one bracelet at a time!

 

In the past 5 months we have raised $1200 for conservation … This is truly amazing! Every bracelet sold counts and helps us give back to the organizations who are working on a daily basis to save these animals.  We are so blessed that our creativity can help save endangered species and give them hope for another tomorrow.

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New things are coming in 2016 … including limited edition bracelets, new packaging, special VIP offers and more. We are excited to share our journey with you and wish you all a Happy New Year!

 

 

In Loving Memory of Nola

The loss of Nola is something that we will never quite get over. She was more than a rhino, she was a symbol of hope for her species. Her loss was felt worldwide by people of all ages and many tears were shed for her. We all loved Nola and we will all miss her. At the request of one of Nola’s keepers, we decided to bring back our Limited Edition Nola bracelet‬. The Nola bracelet will now be part of our regular collection and help raise funds for rhino conservation. ‪

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We chose to bring back this treasured bracelet as a way to honor sweet Nola … who will forever be in our hearts.

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Proceeds from the Nola bracelet will benefit the International Rhino Foundation.

 

 

Celebrate Gifts That Give Back

Creations 4 Wildlife was built on our beliefs of giving back to the organizations who are fighting to end extinction. We are passionate about the causes we choose to support and believe that giving back is the least we can do to help save endangered species. Creations for Wildife is not about big profits in our pockets, but about giving big to conservation. While many businesses are advertising 1-day savings on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we are thinking about how we can give back more. This is our first holiday season and we want to establish a company policy of giving for the holidays. Therefore, Creations for Wildlife will not be taking part in Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

Creations 4 Wildlife will be participating in #GivingTuesday on December 1, 2015.  A global day dedicated to giving back and making a difference. Our Giving Tuesday campaign this year is to raise $500 for endangered species. We truly believe that we can do this … One bracelet at a time. Please join us on December 1 in giving back to help save endangered species.

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Celebrate the gifts that give back … 40% from every bracelet sold is donated to a cause. International Rhino Foundation, Red Panda Network, Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Duke Lemur Center, Tiger Conservation Campaign, and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Which endangered species will you give back to this #GivingTuesday?