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.