Just ask the elephants, cows, horses, pandas, donkeys, sheep, moose and all the other animals that touch our business ... what goes in must come out! We're thrilled to be able to donate a portion of the profits we generate to organizations both large and small that share our goal of preserving our natural environment. We're also proud wherever we can donate product to help generate revenues for worthwhile goals and initiatives that match our own goals of preserving the natural environment.
1. Project Elephant Footprint (Botswana):
In the early 1970s, as many as 1.3 million elephants roamed the continent but numbers have dropped to less than 500,000 animals. Habitat loss and poaching are major threats to the species’ survival.
Human settlements, fences, roads, farms, civil wars, and poaching are now blocking the travels of these elephant herds. Since 2001, Dr. Chase and his team have tracked elephants to protect their migration routes and find solutions to human-elephant conflicts that will ultimately save elephant herds.
Leading the effort is Dr. Mike Chase, one of the world’s top elephant ecologists, founder of EWB, and one of our conservation researchers. Home base for the project is Botswana, but the 50,000-square-mile conservation area extends well beyond its borders into Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Angola.
POOPOOPAPER supports through cash donations the San Diego Zoo's involvement with Elephants Without Borders (EWB) to study and attempt to save over 220,000 elephants that live southern Africa.
It is intended that elephant conservation efforts in Africa will help:
- Map and locate suitable habitats that might provide additional food and water sources for elephant herds.
- Teach local communities why protecting elephants should be important to them.
- Help reduce elephant and human conflicts by determining ways the local people can live harmoniously with elephant herds that trek through their region.
- Work with governments to create long-term wildlife conservation plans, which will include connecting fragmented habitats through wildlife corridors. The corridors and conservation efforts will benefit elephants as well as other rare and endangered animal species in Africa.
2. Elephant Nature Foundation (Thailand)
Save Elephant Foundation is a Thai owned non-profit organization dedicated to providing care and assistance to Thailand's captive elephant population through a multi-faceted approach involving local community outreach, rescue and rehabilitation programs and educational ecotourism operations. Each of ENP's flagship projects is aimed at accomplishing this mission. Located within 30 miles of POOPOOPAPER's production facility in Northern Thailand, the ENP sanctuary is close enough to POOPOOPAPER's Thailand production office where we can frequently see our contributions at work.
POOPOOPAPER has directly assisted the Foundation to generate over US$10,000 since 2007, funds which directly go the the operational expenses of the Foundations's flagship elephant sanctuary in Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai province, Thailand where over 30 rescued elephants roam freely in a 150 acres river valley.
In 2007, POOPOOPAPER also help fund the construction of an elephant shelter at the sanctuary replacing the prior structure which was destroyed during a seasonal monsoon storm.
POOPOOPAPER has also made modest cash and in-kind donations to a multitude of schools, non-profits, advocacy groups and other who have taken up various initiatives that align with our interest in preserving our natural environment.
3. Clouded Leopard Project (Borneo, Malaysia):
Clouded leopards are two species of wild cat that live throughout the forests of Southeast Asia. The smallest of the big cats, they are secretive and rare in the wild, preferring to remain alone and hidden from view. Because of this, studying them is a unique challenge, and while we know much from watching cats in captivity, these two species of cat remain elusive and poorly understood.
Clouded leopards primarily live in lowland tropical rainforests, but can also be found in dry woodlands and secondary forests. They have been spotted at elevations up to 9000 feet in the Himalayan mountains. Historically, their range covered most of Southeast Asia from Nepal and southern China through Thailand, Indonesia, and Borneo. However, this range has shrunk due to habitat destruction and human poaching.
The Clouded Leopard Project is dedicated to the conservation of clouded leopards and their habitat by supporting field research, implementing education initiatives in range countries, and bringing global awareness to clouded leopard conservation issues. POOPOOPAPER has modestly contribute funds in support of these efforts.
Additionally, because these animals are so shy and reclusive, researchers must rely on costly camera traps to remotely document them. As such, POOPOOPAPER has also assisted the project by purchasing a field camera deployed by researchers to assist them find and study wild clouded leopards in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. These cameras give researchers a much needed tool to better understand clouded leopard populations, movements, and behaviors.
3. National Wildlife Federation (USA)
The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization. NWF works with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to protect and restore wildlife habitat, confront global warming and connect with nature.
National Wildlife Federation Mission is in "Inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future."
Wildlife's ability to survive the challenges of the 21st century is becoming outpaced by the events that are transforming our world. Global warming, the loss of habitat, and people becoming more disconnected from nature than past generations are converging on a dangerous path for our planet. The work of NWF and their affiliates across the country provides answers to these challenges and will help ensure America's wildlife legacy continues for future generations.
POOPOOPAPER shares the ideas and goals of the NWF in our home continent of North America and therefore supports the NWF through modest cash donations.
4. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (Canada)
CPAWS is Canada’s voice for wilderness. Since 1963 CPAWS has led in creating over two-thirds of Canada’s protected areas. That amounts to about half a million square kilometres – an area bigger than the entire Yukon Territory! The CPAWS vision is that Canada will protect at least half of our public land and water. As a national charity with 13 chapters, 40,000 supporters and hundreds of volunteers, CPAWS works collaboratively with governments, local communities, industry and indigenous peoples to protect our country’s amazing natural places. We’re also on guard to ensure that our parks are managed to protect the nature within them.
POOPOOPAPER has made modest cash donations to CPAWS in a show of support for its important work in our home country - Canada.