ANTI-POACHING

Championing Conservation Efforts to Drive Awareness of Poaching and Get Snare Wire “Off the Streets”

“In 2018, I traveled to Zambia, Africa and visited the Mulberry Mongoose workshop in the bush of Mfuwe, just outside of South Luangwa National Park. The six-room thatched roof outpost houses the women-run jewelry enterprise. The jewelry combines natural elements with snare wire collected by South Luangwa’ anti-poaching patrols. Snare wire is used in the illicit practice of snaring, which kills and wounds thousands of Zambia’s wildlife each year.

With each piece of Mulberry Mongoose jewelry sold, portions of the proceeds are donated to Conservation South Luangwa’s anti-snaring patrols that remove snares from the bush and rescues snared animals.

Supporting Mulberry Mongoose’s “creating beauty out of brutality” is one of the many ways we embrace conservation differently and authentically.”

– Caroline Ward

EMPOWERMENT

Providing a Vital Source of Income and Supporting Conservation

The pandemic hit rural Africa hard. At the onset of the pandemic Wildlife Artists immediately teamed up with our Ugandan, Zambian and Zimbabwean communities to hand craft face masks.  Our Masks for Conservation™ provided a crucial lifeline and a vital source of income so communities did not have to turn to poaching to put food on the table. Proceeds from our masks sales were reinvested into these African communities and into conservation organizations.

ENGAGEMENT

We’ve Walked the Walk Since 1974

“Giving the looming threat of mass extinction, wildlife conservation requires more than mission statements and products. It requires action in-the-field and on-the-hill.

In-the-field, we are uniquely engaged to protect natural habitats, deter poaching and illegal trading, and help local communities create lasting solutions. But these efforts are just one part of our multi-pronged approach. We are also engaged with elected officials who have the power to enact powerful legislative action.

Meeting with elected representatives is not natural for me. In fact, it’s pretty nerve wracking. I’m not a policy wonk. I’m just someone who cares deeply about the environment, lands and wildlife.

But that doesn’t mean I take my responsibility to advocate lightly. It’s more important than ever that federal officials hear from business owners who support and engage in wildlife conservation.”

- Caroline Ward

SUSTAINABILITY

Doing Our Part to Reduce Plastic in Our Lands and Oceans

Choosing Planet Over Plastics™

In only six decades, the mass production of plastic has created more than 7 billion tons of waste. Alarmingly, only 9% of that plastic waste has been recycled.

That means that more than 5 billion tons of bags, bottles and other single-use plastics have rapidly accumulated in landfills that just can’t handle the sheer amount of waste. So, much of this plastic ends up flowing into the ocean where it suffocates, starves and drowns marine life. Scientists predict that by 2050, our seas could contain more plastic waste than fish.  

Eliminating plastic is absolutely critical to conservation and we’re doing it everywhere we can.

We’re on a mission to transform our industry and this is how we’ve gotten started:

In 2013, we first eliminated plastic whiskers from all of our plush.

In 2014, we eliminated plastic beans because these microplastics end up in waterways and oceans, killing hundreds of thousands of marine organisms every year. We are still the only company to eliminate these unnecessary microplastics. 

In 2018, we transitioned all our plush to sustainable fill made only from recycled PET bottles, the first company to do so.   

And, another industry first, in 2019, we eliminated all inner plastic bags & microplastics (including plastic taggers) because there’s nothing eco about them.  These single-use plastics, even the biodegradable ones, don’t degrade once they are buried in a landfill or floating in the ocean and still pose a grave threat to the environment.

We won’t use glitter, sequins or any other trending plastics as we choose planet over plastic…authentically, every time.