These are the wonderful charities we are currently working with...

 

Elephant Sanctuary

About

The Elephant Sanctuary is a non-profit organization located in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Founded in 1995, they provide elephants a protected home once they were rescued from negligent zoos and abusive circuses. The Elephant Sanctuary supplies these elephants with a natural and safe habitat in which to  peacefully live out the rest of their lives.

 

Why We Care

It is almost hard to believe that as of 2013, the elephant population has seen a 90% decline. Elephants are currently a big target for ivory poaching and bush meat which has resulted in a detrimental loss of their habitat. What’s more, baby elephants are being captured and separated from their family herds and sold to zoos and circuses to live a cruel life in confined spaces.  Elephants are among the most intelligent creatures with whom we share the planet.  They are capable of strong and complex consciousness and emotions. They play an important role in maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystem in which they live. Together we can aid in giving these intelligent gentle giants the loving and individualized care they deserve.
 

Interesting Facts

The Elephant Sanctuary is the nation’s largest sanctuary for sick and rescued elephants. For the past 15 years, elephants now have a place to retire, rest, and roam. It offers 2,700 acres of land where the elephants can have access to trails, mud wallows, and forested areas. Complete with The Welcome Center, visitors are now able to experience an outdoor classroom where the exhibits will focus on the elephant’s species, diets, habitats, and social structures. If you ever find yourself in Tennessee, we highly recommend checking it out for yourself!

 

Ratings

Four-star rating from Charity Navigator with 97.15 out of 100

 

Orangutan Foundation International

About

Founded in 1986 by Dr. Birute Galdikas, an anthropologist, the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of wild orangutans and their rainforest habitats. OFI is also a notable supporter of education, bringing awareness, and research on orangutans and their environment. OFI operates Camp Leakey, a research center, located in Tanjung Puting National Park which is the home to 330 displaced orangutans.
 

Why We Care

The main threat to the survival of orangutan populations in the wild is the massive expansion of palm oil plantations. Palm oil is a huge industry. Surging global demand for palm oil has fueled massive forest destruction throughout Indonesia and Malaysia, countries that together account for 85% of the world’s palm oil production. Palm oil is ubiquitous! Half the packaged food (and other) products found on supermarket shelves now contain palm oil. The establishment of palm oil plantations has been a disaster for endangered wildlife, especially orangutans. Large scale conversion of tropical rain forests has had an absolutely devastating impact on rainforest biodiversity. Orangutans are the largest tree-dwelling animals. Their behavior is of ecological significance that helps shape and preserve tropical rain forests.  As the disappearance of orangutans increases, thousands of other animals and plant species will become negatively effected, so by helping to save orangutans and their habitats, you will also save the same specifies that co-exist with them. OFI relies almost entirely on their donations from its generous supporters. With your support, we can help save hundreds of orangutans and other animals from death and captivity by fighting deforestation and returning them to a free life into the wild.

 

Interesting Facts

OFI offers Orangutan Eco Tours into the Indonesian Borneo rainforest to see their natural environment. On this tour you will get an all-access, behind the scenes experience. During the tour, you will be able to visit the sites of Dr. Galdika’s research as she shares her expertise. OFI facilities are located in third largest island in the world, Borneo.

  

Ratings

Four-star rating from Charity Navigator with 90.10 out of 100

 

The Marine Mammal Center

About

The Marine Mammal Center is a private, non-profit US organization established in 1975. Their purpose is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release marine animals who are injured, ill, or abandoned. Lloyd Smalley, founded this organization in Sausalito, California, and since then has rescued over 20,000 marine mammals. The Marine Mammal Center also serves as a center for environmental research and education. At this center, every mammal rescued will receive veterinary care, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and will then be released back into the wild.

 

Why We Care

In recent years marine mammals have seen a steady decline in population. Many species are now endangered, while others are on the brink of extinction. Helping marine mammals in need offers unique and valuable opportunities to understand the health and importance of these animals and their ecosystems. During the rescue and rehabilitation process, the research team studies the causes of their illnesses and by doing so, they learn about the conditions affecting the health of marine mammal populations and the oceans in which the call home. With your purchases, we can help save these beautiful creatures from extinction.

 

Interesting Facts

The Marine Mammal Center, when first opened, only provided bath tubs and small pools surrounded with a fence. In June 2009, a multi-facility complex was opened to hold the animals and staff. It was built by recycled materials and utilizes sound bards made of sea weed. While the research team works hard to get these elegant creatures back into their natural habitat as soon as possible, they can feel good knowing that these animals have a large and familiar place to recover in the meantime.

 

Ratings

Four-star rating from Charity Navigator with 94.94 out of 100