September 7 is International Vulture Awareness Day. They may not be the most cute or cuddly of animals, but vultures play an important part in the cycle of life. Without their clean up of decaying animal carcasses, the world would be a lot dirtier, smellier, and disease-ridden. About half of the world's 23 known vulture species are threatened with extinction, mostly from poachers, poisoned animals, and electrocution from power lines. Did you know that New World vultures (those in the Americas) do not have a voice box and can only grunt or hiss? And the endangered Ruppell's griffon vulture is the highest flying bird ever recorded, at heights of 37,000 feet, which is the average height a commercial airplane travels! Vultures are a crucial, fascinating, and diverse species!
September is synonymous with Back to School, and with that comes all of the required school supplies. Do you reuse school supplies from year to year or do you prefer the new and shiny versions each year? Schools are a great place to maximize recycling efforts and plant the seed of environmental stewardship in the next generation. Many programs are targeted toward schools like:
- Become a Recycle Rally school. Earn points for rewards and boost recycling efforts in your school.
- Collect gently used or new school supplies and send them to kids in need around the world through UniKids.
- Crayola has an amazing Colorcycle program to reuse markers; all you have to do is collect them and send them in, even non-Crayola markers or highlighters. Crayola also pays shipping!
Consider setting up a collection site at your school. Small actions can make a big impact!
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As we appreciate elephants on September 22, we should reflect on all they do for our ecosystem. To help you do that, we have a new Learning About Elephants fact book that we wrote with Elephants Without Borders. It will surely be a fun way to learn new things about these amazing creatures. It should be released soon, so stay tuned! We celebrated International Orangutan Day (August 19) last month with a win-win for you and our friends at the Orang Utan Republik Foundation. We decided to extend the Princess giveaway through the first week of September. See below for details!
Through the first week of September, for International Orangutan Day, we will donate 100% of proceeds from Princess book purchases to the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) - OR use the BUTTON below to donate at least $25 or more directly to the OURF and receive BOTH a book and plush orangutan toy!
In honor of World Rhino Day, September 22, we are taking a closer look at Saving the Survivors (STS).
Saving the Survivors was founded in 2012 by Dr. Johan Marais to attend to injured endangered wildlife that have fallen victim to poaching or other traumatic incidents. Most of their efforts are directed at rhinos due to the vicious attacks that many of them have experienced, but they attend to the needs of any injured animal. Many poaching victims have been given a second chance after undergoing various interventions and surgical procedures performed by the STS team. Most of the animals are treated in their natural habitat, as transporting injured wildlife increases the risk and trauma they experience.
Green Kids Club's upcoming book, Little Moyo, is the fourth book in the series of Baby Animal Environmental Heroes. The book touches upon poaching through the eyes of a baby black rhino. Portions of this book sale will go to Saving the Survivors to help them continue saving animals that have been hurt, primarily due to poaching.