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Go Wild With Gift Giving This Holiday Season and Help the WildiZe Foundation Save African LionsChoose From Signed Wildlife Print by Famed Wildlife Photographer Eli Weiss, Snare Wire Lion Sculpture, and Holiday Photo Cards (December 01, 2011)
ASPEN, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/01/11 -- Don't wait until it's too late -- go wild this holiday season with gifts from the WildiZe Foundation and help save African lions. It is hard to imagine traveling to South Africa only to find you missed the last lion in the wild because a snare or poisoning got him first. Wildlife and safari lovers are sure to stop in their tracks when they realize the big five are in jeopardy of becoming the big four if lion populations continue their steady decline -- estimated at 30 to 50 percent in the last 20 years.
WildiZe (www.wildize.org) is working to take the deadly snare and poisonings out of the picture by raising funds to combat the practices. The organization, dedicated to wildlife conservation, education and sustainable community development in sub-Saharan Africa, is offering a series of thoughtful holiday gifts for animal and art lovers. Each gift includes an annual membership to WildiZe:
- $250 for an 8 X 12 signed lion print "Silence" taken by famed wildlife photographer and organization executive director Eli Weiss
- $100 for a snare wire lion created by created by Kenyan artist Kioko Mwitiki who uses wires taken from snares removed from the wild to draw attention to the deadly practice
- $50 for a special collection of 10 photo cards also featuring Weiss' work
At the core of its work, WildiZe grants funding for projects that support wildlife and environmental conservation efforts, educational programs and sustainable economies and cultures. The organization ensures 90 percent of contributions reach grantees who then have ownership, accountability and responsibility for their projects.
The money raised through this gift, which includes an annual membership, supports the WildiZe Foundation's Sub-Saharan Lion Conservation Initiative. Through this initiative, WildiZe facilitates programs to stop the killing and provide long-term solutions that support both lions and the African communities that must live with them. Most recently, WildiZe funded the Conditioned Taste Aversion (CTA) trials on captive wild lions in Botswana, a successful first step toward mitigating lion / livestock conflicts across Africa.
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