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!

 

Photo: Michelle Fryer

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.