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January 2024
Hi Green Kids!

Welcome to the Green Kids Club Newsletter where you can keep up with the Green Kids Club happenings each month, learn some new things, and challenge yourself as a true Green Kid ambassador for the planet! 

Photo for Save the Eagles Day!
Environmental Hero
Dr. Mireya Mayor

Dr. Mireya Mayor, an extraordinary scientist, has been on amazing journeys driven by her love for wildlife and nature. Her adventures have taken her from exploring unknown primates in dense rainforests to searching for elusive animals in distant jungles. On one of her research trips, she was instrumental in the discovery of a new lemur species, known as the world's tiniest primate.

Thanks to Dr. Mayor's hard-won documentation, she convinced the President of Madagascar to protect the habitat of this newly found species by declaring it a national park. Her achievements serve as a source of inspiration for young people who dream of embarking on similar paths of discovery and conservation. We had the opportunity to ask Dr. Mayor several questions about her incredible experiences.

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Holiday Contest
Our Wild Green Kids Club holiday contest asked for pictures of holiday decorations with recycled or sustainable materials. Our winner is Allie Smoker! Congratulations! He is adorable!
New Books

New Releases!

Sylvia Medina has just completed work on three books! Lek, The Elephant Whisperer is based on the true story of the wonderful Lek Chailert, who founded the Save Elephant Foundation.   The book features illustrations from former Disney animator, Andreas Wessel-Therhorn. Andreas also illustrated our updated version of Danger in the Arctic, in which the Green Kids help teach about the impact of global warming. 

Sylvia authored Learning about Grizzlies, with beautiful illustrations by Morgan Spicer, and phenomenal grizzly photos provided by acclaimed wildlife photographer, Thomas D. Mangelsen. The book is also co-authored with Kristin Combs, Executive Director of the Wyoming Wildlife Advocates, this book teaches all about grizzly characteristics, habitat, diet, and behaviors!

See our January Book Giveaway below for your chance to get one of these books, or click here to purchase any or all of them!
Check out our books on Kindle and Amazon!
Stories We Have Been Following
Wolf Reintroduction in Colorado

Recently, Colorado welcomed a special group of gray wolves, back to their natural habitat. These wolves were carefully chosen from a population in the northern United States. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Agency and many scientists worked together to make this happen. They understood that gray wolves used to roam the wilds of Colorado long ago, but they had disappeared over the years. By returning these wolves, the agency hoped to balance nature in Colorado's forests again. The gray wolves have a new chance to thrive in the wild, play their part in nature, and make the forests healthier. It's an amazing step towards restoring Colorado's natural environment, and everyone is watching to see how the wolves will do in their new home!  Watch this to learn more.

Photo courtesy of JP Le Roux/Scientific American
Golden Mole Found After 86 Years

The De Winton's golden mole, a really special animal that can move through sand like it's swimming and is shiny but can't see, was found again after 86 years! Everyone thought this unique mole had disappeared forever since no one had seen it since 1937. This is super exciting for people who care about animals and nature because it's like finding hidden treasure in the wild. The golden mole's comeback shows us that nature can be full of surprises and that it's really important to keep looking after all the different animals and their homes. This discovery is super cool because it teaches us more about this rare mole and reminds us to protect our planet's amazing wildlife. 

You can read more about this find here. Also something fun about moles - did you see the Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse?  Watch this trailer. P.S. Our amazing artist Andreas worked on this film as well!   
January Animal & Environment Observances

Month: (Alpha Order)

  • Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

2024 Weeks: (Alpha Order)

  • Christmas Bird Count Week - December 14, 2023 - January 5, 2024
  • Kiss a Shark Week - January 21-27, 2024 (Fourth Full Week of January)

2024 Days: (Date Order)

  • National Bird Day - January 5
  • Save the Eagles Day - January 10
  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Days - January 20
  • Penguin Awareness Day - January 20
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day - January 21

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Penguin Awareness Day

There are 18 different types of penguins in the world, and they all have their own cool features! Most penguins have a black back and a white belly, which helps them hide in the water from predators. They're great swimmers, using their flippers to zoom through the water, but on land, they waddle adorably or slide on their bellies. Penguins can be really different in size - like the tiny Little Blue Penguin, which is only about 16 inches tall, and the big Emperor Penguin, which can be almost 4 feet tall! But penguins are having a tough time because of climate change. Their icy homes in places like Antarctica are melting, and it's harder for them to find food like fish. Some penguins have to travel a lot farther to get enough food to eat and to keep their babies fed and happy. In fact, 10 of the 18 types of penguins are now considered endangered. 

Featured Environmental
This month we are proud to feature our sister organization! Love the Wild focuses on enhancing environmental education and providing support to organizations committed to the wellbeing of animals and their habitats.  They are currently actively involved in promoting environmental education in Enkong 'Nirok Village, Kenya, near Kilimanjaro. Initiatives include launching an environmental club for local children and contributing to a food support program for the village. Additionally, they are seeking donations to construct a well in the village, which will be a vital resource for the community, their livestock, and surrounding wildlife, ensuring access to essential water. To donate, or learn more about the efforts and how Green Kids Club supports Love the Wild, click HERE.
January Book Giveaway
Our new book Lek, the Elephant Whisperer is out! This amazing story tells about the life of Lek Chailert, founder of Save Elephant Foundation. You can read about her adventures as a child and learn how she became a passionate advocate for elephants and other wildlife in her native Thailand.

We are giving away 3 copies of the book. To get one, watch this trailer for Love and Bananas and be among the first to email telling us one thing about her and the foundation!
In Case You Missed It...

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