The last 3,200 tigers are counting on us to save them!

Global Tiger Day is July 29th, a day to celebrate the strength and magnificence of one of the worlds most beautiful cats. A day to raise awareness for the tigers and for the people around the world to support the conservation efforts being made to save the remaining six species of tigers from extinction.

  • Tigers are the largest wild cat in the world
  • All six species of tigers are listed by the IUCN as Endangered
  • Three of the six remaining species are listed as Critically Endangered
  • Tigers are at the top of the food chain with no natural predators, except for humans
  • There are more tigers in captivity in the U.S. alone than there are in the wild

Tiger populations are declining because of one thing and that is man. How could a person do this to an animal. An animal that has done nothing wrong. The tigers are not killed in self-defense. The tigers are not killed because they are attacking people. They are killed for their skins, fur, and bones because some cultures actually believe that tigers can provide medicinal healing. Tigers are not medicine.

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Tigers are losing the battle because of habitat loss, illegal poaching, tiger-human conflict, and wildlife trade. The belief that tiger parts have medicinal purposes and can cure disease has increased the demand for wildlife trafficking.

It is estimated that there are approximately 300 Sumatran tigers and less than 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild. These numbers are shocking to us.

When you purchase a Hope for Tigers bracelet, you are helping give tigers the chance to thrive in the wild. Inspired by the unique stripe pattern of every tiger – No two are the same. This bracelet is made from tiger eye, red tiger eye & yellow jade semi-precious stones.

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Creations 4 Wildlife donates 40% from each sale to WildAid to support their tiger conservation campaign, which focuses on educating people and calling for a permanent ban on all tiger parts and products. When the buying stops, the killing can too. Together, we can help save wild tigers.

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Join us and celebrate the beauty of the tiger, the strength of the tiger, and the innocence seen in all tiger cubs. The last 3,200 tigers are counting on us to help them thrive in the wild and we are determined to save the tigers from extinction.

 

 

World Giraffe Day 2016

World Giraffe Day is just around the corner and Creations 4 Wildlife is willing to stick our necks out to help save the world’s tallest animal. We were so excited to hear that our friends at the Giraffe Conservation Foundation had chosen putting people at the center of giraffe conservation as the campaign for World Giraffe Day 2016. Working together with the people of Africa, especially the children, is the type of conservation work we love to support. These children are the future. We must teach them how important it is to save the animals like the giraffes for many generations to come.

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Giraffe Conservation Foundation believes that Environmental Education at an early age is the key. The Khomas Environmental Education Programme (KEEP) aims to inspires young Namibians to care for their environment. Through a targeted hands-on field-based programme, KEEP provides them with the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Teaching young Namibians about their environment is essential for the conservation of giraffe and their habitat. KEEP helps to build a culture of environmental awareness by teaching social responsibility and conscientious action amongst young Africans and future leaders. – Stephanie Fennessy, GCF

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Our Africa’s Watchtower bracelet was inspired by the towers of giraffes who walk across the African plains. Their long necks make it appear as though giraffes heads are in the clouds, giving them the best view of Africa.

Giraffes are truly icons of Africa. They are found no place else on earth, only in Africa. Standing tall with pride, these gentle animals spend their days walking across the plains. The giraffe is an integral part of the African ecosystem and sadly they are disappearing at alarming rates.

Creations 4 Wildlife wants to help teach and inspire the children of Namibia by raising a minimum of $250 for World Giraffe Day.
That is only 25 Africa’s Watchtower bracelets.

 

Here is a breakdown from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation of what $250 could buy.

  • $15 could support an exciting and interactive day in the bush for a Namibian student
  • $25 could pay for batteries for GPS equipment to monitor giraffe and their movements in the wild
  • $50 could provide KEEP workbooks and certificates for an entire school class
  • $100 could provide a healthy lunch for an entire school class during their field outing or pay for a pair of binoculars to monitor giraffe and their movements
  • $250 could provide transport for a school class to spend a day in the bush with KEEP or pay a month’s salary of a local Kenyan field ranger to monitor giraffe and their movements
  • $300 could pay for a camera trap including batteries and SD cards to monitor giraffe and their movements in the wild
  • $1,000 could support fitting a GPS satellite collar to a reticulated giraffe in northern Kenya
  • $2,500 could pay for one GPS satellite collar to monitor reticulated giraffe movements remotely including download time

 

Children want to learn, they want to make a difference … all they need is to be given the opportunity.
Order your Africa’s Watchtower bracelet today and help save Africa’s giraffes.

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Helping Save the African Lions

Lions have been in trouble for several years now, but it was not until the recent death of Cecil that brought the plight of the lions to mainstream media. Conservationist have been trying to get the African lion listed as endangered and protected under the Endangered Species Act for a long time. As of January 2016 lions have protection, but this is mainly to protect against trophy hunting and illegal kills or wildlife trafficking. This is wonderful news for the lions, but how does it protect them from habitat loss and human-predator conflict?

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Part of our work as conservationists is researching and staying informed about the work being done in the wild. When we read statistics like this, “The African lion population has declined by 90% in the last 75 years and lions have disappeared from approximately 80% of their historical range. Kenya’s lion population is now less than 2,000 individuals.” on the Ewaso Lions website, we know that we must do something to help the African lions. Ewaso Lions works with the local people to educate them about the wildlife and how they can coexist with these natural predators. Through programs like Warrior Watch and Lion Watch, they are able to collect data and learn more about where the lions are traveling, communicate this information to villagers so they can protect their livestock, and ultimately build a strong sense of respect for the wildlife in Kenya.

We believe that this is one of the best ways to save species from extinction. Aside from the poachers, human conflict is responsible for many animals deaths. Involving the local people is key to saving the lions because they will become the future conservationists, tour guides, and wildlife rangers. Saving species is a domino effect … it only takes one person to get a movement started.

Creations 4 Wildlife is happy to announce that we will be making a bracelet to benefit lion conservation and donate the proceeds to Ewaso Lions through the Wildlife Conservation Network. We hope to release the new bracelet in June 2016. Stay tuned for more details!

 

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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.

 

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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Creations 4 Wildlife partners with The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Deciding to create a bracelet for elephants was the easy part. Choosing what organization to support … well, that was the hard part. We know elephants are an iconic animal that are at risk of disappearing from the planet, an animal that is poached every 15 minutes for the ivory tusks found only on their bodies, an animal that must be saved.

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There are many wonderful organizations doing great work around the world to help the elephants. Some are more well known than others, but we were looking for something unique. A boots on the ground organization that would help the next generation of elephants, while creating awareness for the plight of the elephants who are dying. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was a perfect match for us. Many of the elephants killed leave behind a calf, a calf who is now an orphan. Fostering the calves left behind and reintegrating them into wild herds is one way to ensure the survival of the species. These orphans have little chance of survival without the help of organizations like The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and the keepers who dedicate their lives to the Orphan Project.

Creations 4 Wildlife is proud to partner with DSWT and help give these orphans a second chance. Through the sale of our Elephant Haven bracelet, we will raisie funds to help foster as many orphan elephants as we can. Ivory should not be a trinket … We believe ivory belongs to the elephants and no one else.

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2 simple ways you can help save animals & raise awareness

Awareness is one of the biggest hurdles faced in animal conservation. Creations 4 Wildlife is all about making a difference, not matter how small, so we are sharing two simple ways that you can raise awareness and help save animals for only a few dollars.

Even though many of us pay our bills online, there are still times that we need to mail something the old-fashioned way. The next time you buy stamps, ask for the Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp. (cost is 55 cents) If your local post office is out, you can also purchase them online.

This is a first-class postage stamp and all proceeds over the current cost of a first-class stamp go directly to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the Multinational Species Conservation Fund. According to the USPS, as of October 2012, over $1.74 million has been raised for the cause. That’s amazing!

For more information on what conservation funds are supported by this stamp visit the US Postal Service website.

Another great way to support animal conservation and raise awareness is to follow your favorite organizations on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. By simply sharing a post, liking a picture or re-tweeting something you find interesting online, you may catch the attention of someone and before you know it a domino effect is in place.

World Rhino Day Challenge

World Rhino Day is almost here! Can you believe it? All the excitement and anticipation that has been growing around the world for these beautiful animals is about to get even bigger. Social media will be filled with tweets and pictures of rhinos from all over the world. #WorldRhinoDay will be trending and heartstrings will be pulled as more people learn about the devastating number of rhinos that we have lost this year. Rhino lovers all over will unite as one and become part of #TeamRhino. This is our day to show the world that we care about the remaining 5 species of rhinos and create awareness so that we don’t have to see any more species go extinct.

Since starting Creations 4 Wildlife, only two short months ago, we have already raised $256 for the International Rhino Foundation. This is wonderful and we have you to thank! Our Boone and Crash of Rhinos bracelets have been well liked by our customers and sales continue every day, but we want to give even more to IRF.

Creations 4 Wildlife wants to give $400 to the International Rhino Foundation at the end of September. We can’t think of a better way to say thank you for all the hard work IRF does. We know that we can count on you to help spread the word about our rhino bracelets … Share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest …
Together we can help save the rhino.

40% of every bracelet sold will be donated to the International Rhino Foundation

Buy your Boone and Crash of Rhinos bracelet today!

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Do Lemurs Need Creations 4 Wildlife’s Help?

When people think of the word lemur they think of a Ring-Tailed Lemur or Zomboomafoo, made popular by the Kratt brothers; but there are really over 50 different types of lemur. They all live on one small island, Madagascar. This island is home to an entire ecosystem revolving around lemurs. So few people truly know what a lemur really is. For instance, a lemur isn’t a monkey or an ape, a lemur is a Lemuriformes. In other words, a primate with an elongated snout and usually a long tail, only found on the small island of Madagascar. Like many animals some lemurs, including the Bamboo Lemur and the Sifaka are endangered.

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