SEATTLE, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- glassybaby, maker of one-of-a-kind, handblown glass votives and drinkers, today announced that it will donate 10% of it's December web sales (excluding single giving colors) to Conservation International in support of elephant conservation efforts in northern Kenya. The $100,000 contribution will support the Sarara Initiative, a visionary partnership that focuses on conserving the Kenyan wilderness and uses a community-centered model to protect elephants, their habitat and other wildlife — while helping to boost the economy of the Samburu people.
In addition, glassybaby is launching a new votive titled 'silver lining' to donate 10% of its sales to Conservation International throughout the year. 'silver lining' joins two other glassybaby, 'home' and 'mother earth', in supporting Conservation International.
This marks the second year that the organizations are partnering to support the Initiative. In 2015, the glassybaby community contributed $100,000 that helped launch the community-run Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, which offers a place of healing and rehabilitation for elephant calves injured or orphaned by the illegal wildlife trade. Now that the sanctuary is operational, glassybaby's contributions to Conservation International will support an elite team of rangers who will help rescue wildlife and keep poachers out of the area.
"The glassybaby community is passionate about protecting animals and our planet. We are proud that glassybaby will once again partner with Conservation International to bring hope and healing to the elephants and Samburu people in northern Kenya through the organization's vital work," said Lee Rhodes, glassybaby's founder.
The Sarara Initiative is an example of how people and wildlife can coexist in a way that allows both to thrive. The local people protect the elephants. The elephants help the grasslands flourish, which provides food for grazing cattle. When the elephants thrive, other animals like giraffes and leopards are attracted to the area — bringing more tourism and revenue to the community.
"Once again, the glassybaby community has stepped up to support a community half-way around the world — and to help create a safe sanctuary for people and wildlife to thrive," said Dr. M. Sanjayan, executive vice president at Conservation International. "glassybaby demonstrates the power of community and we are truly grateful for their partnership."
With this integral partnership, holiday gifts will have a direct impact on saving the lives of elephants in important ecosystems.
glassybaby are one-of-a-kind hand blown glass votives and drinkers made by glassblowers in Berkeley, CA and Seattle, WA. glassybaby come in 400+ rich colors, each with a unique name and story. glassybaby was founded in 2001 by three-time cancer survivor Lee Rhodes. During her chemo treatments, Lee met patients who could not afford basic needs and when she founded glassybaby, it was with the core mission of helping to alleviate these struggles. The giving mission has since expanded to help people, animals, and the planet heal. To date, glassybaby has donated over $5.5 million to more than 400 nonprofit organizations. Learn more about glassybaby and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses an innovative blend of science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water, and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and follow our work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
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