Thank you so much for supporting the Shannon Elizabeth Foundation.
Animal Avengers is now part of the Shannon Elizabeth Foundation! We felt a change was necessary so that we would be able to do more work on the ground where it is needed most. We have created a trust with its own board in South Africa where we will be running many of our programs. Your donation will ensure we are able to continue our work and to grow our programs even more.
Wildlife Review Initiative: We believe that global conservation and sustainability priorities are advanced in terms of public opinion and education programs, as well as donor awareness and philanthropic funding, when supported by credible, up to date and objective information freely shared in the true spirit of collaboration. Our Wildlife Review Initiative (WRI) aims to be a driving force in this endeavor by becoming the prime globally recognized hub of such information, and to better direct donor funds to the front line of conservation where it is needed most.
Our first Review, Rhino Review, launches August 19th! It focuses on bringing rhino awareness and education to all, from schools and universities to governments and informing legislation, as well as improving philanthropic investment into conservation. Please visit https://rhinoreview.org/ for more information.
Animal Avengers: This is where it all started for us and remains the heartbeat of much of what we do. With our broadening remit as the Shannon Elizabeth Foundation, we are now focusing the Animal Avengers brand on youth education the world over.
To turn our heroes of tomorrow into the Animal Avengers of today, we are developing some exciting programs for our youth to learn more about endangered and threatened animals around the world and how everyone can help to make sure our rich natural heritage is defended for generations to come.
Our first collaboration is with Worldwide Experience to bring youth to South Africa in 2020. To learn more, please visit https://youtu.be/vcUbsEu6JKU and to apply please go to http://worldwideexperience.com/apply-online.
Legislation: This program is extremely important to us. We believe that real change must start at the top. Therefore, we must get cooperation and collaboration from our government leaders. This is especially true in South Africa. So appealing to Parliament on the big issues of impact are vital and play a huge role in our organization. Our Senior Government Affairs Advisor USA is Justin Beland.
Land: Would you believe that the number one threat to our animals is actually habitat loss? That's why it's so important to secure land. We must protect the little land that's left that hasn't been destroyed by industries like logging, farming and rural developments, just to name a few. Our dreams are big. We will be looking for a space to not only protect the planet, but to become a safe haven for our animals and ecosystem. We need a space where kids can come and see the animals close up—where they can learn and fall in love with all our world has to offer. This space will come and we are so excited to share our dreams with you as they become a reality!
Supporting people doing great work on the ground is imperative. We must work together and lift each other up in this world. We are proud of the past grants we've made and look forward to helping to support vital work in the future. We almost always make our grants through gifting product and services and rarely give straight cash. Some of our previous grantees include:
Rhino Pride Foundation, Flying For Freedom South Africa, Care For Wild, Friends of Hwange, Saving the Survivors and Lapalala Wilderness School.
All donations, no matter the size, will help us to continue our vital work. Thank you so much for your support and love.
To find out more, please visit https://shannonelizabeth.org.
We have also teamed up with Fashion Designer Dalia MacPhee! Dalia has created an incredible line of blankets to comfort and protect orphaned baby elephants and rhinos. Recently launched on World Elephant Day, Dalia wanted to create something meaningful and functional to give back to the animals in a big way. The blankets she has created are fully vegan, high-quality, rain and windproof, featuring secure/adjustable straps, and provide warmth and comfort to the orphans. If you would like to donate towards the blankets and keep an animal worm, please specify at checkout. One blanket will run between $40 and $50. Thank you!