Welcome to the Green Kids Club Newsletter where you can catch up with us each month, learn some new things, and challenge yourself as a true Green Kid ambassador for the planet.
August has these specific animal observations:
Shark Week is always a fun, entertaining, and educational week in the summer. Did you know that sharks have been on earth for at least 400 million years? That makes them older than dinosaurs! Shark skeletons are made of cartilage, like your nose, rather than bones. They have several rows of teeth, and when one tooth falls out, another one simply moves forward into its place. Learn more about sharks on our animal highlights page: https://www.greenkidsclub.com/animal_info_sharks
The Latest News
Our newest book, Princess, has won an award from Creative Child magazine. Princess was given the 2019 BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD in the Kids' Books on Friendship category. Check out this delightful tale based on a true story about the friendship between an orphaned orangutan and the human that teaches her how to communicate, as well as how to be an orangutan. Added bonus: a percentage of each book sold goes to support the work being done by the Orang Utan Republik Foundation. Perfect for World Orangutan Day!
August Reader Challenge
August 17 is National Honey Bee Day, so let's help out pollinators this month. You don't have to become a beekeeper to help bees. With just a few pots or a bit of ground, you can plant a few bee-friendly plants, avoid harmful pesticides, and shop locally when you can. Click here for more ideas on how to save pollinators.
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In honor of World Elephant Day, August 12, we are taking a closer look at Elephants Without Borders (EWB).
"EWB operates its projects and activities in the southern Africa region of the contiguous wildlife populations range between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe under the official endorsement and full support of government authorities. Using African elephants as an inspiration, EWB strives to identify wildlife migratory corridors, secure wild habitats and elevate conservation of all wildlife. With state-of-the-art technology, they monitor the movements, status and behavior of wildlife, addressing complex issues regarding wildlife ecology through research studies and sharing the results with decision makers and local communities... to work towards securing key habitats and migratory corridors for wildlife to flourish."
For the last several years, Green Kids Club has been promoting educational materials and story lines with EWB. To educate ourselves and further support this organization's initiatives, we were able to participate hands-on with EWB at their Research Station.
In the Fall of 2017, we met a small baby elephant called Molelo, who had been injured in a bush fire and rescued by EWB. You can see his story in Molelo, the Fire Elephant. In the fall of 2018, we went to visit Molelo and the other baby elephants at the EWB Elephant Orphanage in Botswana. We are happy to report that they are all doing great. Molelo has grown so much!
We also donate a portion of our proceeds from sales of Molelo, the Fire Elephant, Elee and the Shining Star, The African Bush Fire and the Elephant, and The Elephant and the King to EWB. When you purchase these books, you are not only sharing stories and educating children on sensitive wildlife issues, you are directly supporting elephant missions in Africa.