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Saturday, May 7, 2011

African Elephant Conservation and Eco-Friendliness Contest Winners


Meet Diane and Dana the winners of the specially themed "Earth Day Cartoon You" Flirty Blog Giveaway. In last month's contest each entrant included an item they felt represented eco-friendliness or conservation. Diane chose an African Elephant. I made it a baby so you'd see more than legs and trunk :) And Dana chose a globe view of the world.

April Winners Diane and Dana

There are many organizations that work to help elephants. You may or may not be aware that their tusks are used to make ivory so the elephants are often killed by poachers who then cut out their tusks and leave behind the bodies as waste. If and when you purchase items made of ivory you may unknowingly be contributing to the illegal poaching of Africa's wild elephants.

Though their numbers in game reserves may be on the rise, their total numbers within Africa have dwindled and they remain a threatened species that may become extinct.

Their survival as a species is in danger due to poaching for their ivory tusks, illegal hunting for their meat and loss of habitat that often puts the elephants' and humans' interests in direct conflict. 

Diane mentioned Kruger National Park as a place where tourists can learn more about the African Elephants and conservation efforts that are trying to save them.

Their website describes the park this way:
Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.

Dana is a friend and local business owner. His company, The Stone Griffin Gallery sells art created by California artists in Historic Downtown Campbell.

To be honest I was surprised Dana didn't choose a bicycle as his Earth Day object. For years you could spot Dana riding his Schwinn Cruiser Bike to work and all around Campbell. Sadly it was stolen a few years back when he loaned it to his son. He's since replaced it with a Performance Mountain Bike and recommends anyone who rides early in the morning or late at night should have a Blackburn Flea 2.0 Front Headlight for safety. It lights the ground ahead of you really well so you can see where you're going and helps drivers to see you.

Learn more at www.SFbike.org

Speaking of bike riding. Did you know May 12, 2011 is "Bike to Work Day" here in the SF Bay Area?

Along with being eco-friendly and good for your health, additional perks include:
As always thank you to all who entered and be sure to check back for this month's giveaway. I will be posting "First to Respond" giveaways here on the Blog, in The Flirty Guide Facebook Group and on Twitter so there will be three chances to win in May.

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