Follow Me On A Virtual Safari Through Africa To Help Save The Elephants

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When I think about Africa, one of the first things that comes to mind is beautiful elephants frolicking in their native land. A mom and her cute little babies running around, splashing in the water,  or maybe even a a family of elephants walking off into the sunset together, a happy family, watching the sky light up in beautiful colors.

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African Sunset

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Baby Elephant

Did you know a top bucket list item for many people around the globe is to go on a safari in Africa and to see these majestic creatures up close? But what if I told you that this dream may never come true? It wouldn’t be because you didn’t work hard enough, or because you didn’t save enough, no – it’s because every 15 minutes an elephant is poached for their ivory tusks. To break that down in numbers, that’s 96 African elephants each day, 672 a week, 2,688 a month, and over 32,200+ a year, are being hunted. The sheer magnitude of that number is frightening.
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These Ivory Tusks Are Why Elephants Are Being Poached

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Baby Elephant

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Family of Elephants

What can we do to help save these gentle giants from these poachers? During a recent conversation with Amarula, a South African cream à liqueur, they discussed how they are now donating $1 dollar from every bottle sold to a non-profit called WildlifeDirect for a program called “Don’t Let Them Disappear” through the end of 2017. These funds will go to help on the ground efforts to save these beautiful creatures from being poached.
 
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Amarula

So what is Amarula? Marula is a tree that only grows in one part of the world – sub-equatorial Africa. This fruit is enjoyed by elephants as well. They make the trek over to dine on this delicious sweet fruit when it is ripe.
From the fruit comes the process that makes Amarula Cream. Once the fruit has been hand picked, it gets fermented, double distilled, and then is matured for two years in French oak before it is mixed with the finest cream, to make Amarula. Did you know Amarula is the first and only cream à liqueur in the world that uses marula fruit as a base? The flavor has a full taste with notes of caramel and citrus – and best served chilled over ice, with coffee, or in cocktails.
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Amarula Liquor

One way we can help these elephants in Africa is to enjoy a fruity cream liquor from their land. You don’t have to go to Africa to help them, that is not the only way. Simply by purchasing a bottle of Amarula you are helping with these efforts.  Take a virtual safari to Africa with me and lets help the elephants so they can live long happy lives – and will be there when we want to visit them in their world.
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Virtual Safari

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Disclaimer: this post was written in partnership with Amarula. As always, opinions are entirely my own. 

 

20 Comments

  1. What's Katie Doing?
    October 28, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    I’m off to South Africa in less than a month! I have fond memories of drinking Amarula after my Serengeti safari in Tanzania, so I dare say I will indulge again! (After gin and wine obvs!)

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      That’s amazing! Also jealous of your trip! Got room for a stowaway?
      I was just sipping Amarula and I don’t know what I did with my life before 😻

      • What's Katie Doing?
        October 28, 2017 / 8:47 pm

        Hehe you can try and fit in the luggage!! 😂

  2. October 29, 2017 / 2:11 am

    Ive never tried Amarula before, but I definitely will now! Especially if it helps in the conservation efforts. Seeing rescued elephants up close in northern Thailand was one of my favourite memories. Great post!

    • October 30, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      Thank you! Amarula is really delicious – I like that it isnt heavy or strong in flavor. I am all for helping these majestic creatures – so I was happy to partner with them.

  3. Joline
    October 30, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    That’s such a terrible statistic. Elephants are majestic creatures. Let’s do whatever we can to save them!

  4. October 30, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Those photos are amazing! It’s terrible that these elephants are suffering! I am definitely a big supporter! I’ll have to buy a bottle of Amarula!

  5. October 31, 2017 / 12:04 am

    For some reason I thought that hunting elephants was a thing of the past. Your numbers are so sad. I’m glad there is a way to participate in helping.

  6. October 31, 2017 / 5:45 am

    What an awesome program to help the elephants feel safer in their homeland. It’s really important that we try as much as we can to contribute to this effort of saving them and keeping them safe from harm.

  7. October 31, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    These are beautiful photos! I actually got to encounter an elephant a few weeks ago. The WildlifeDirect program sounds amazing.

  8. angela@marathonsandmotivation.com
    October 31, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    These photos are gorgeous and what a great program! Also, I need to try that drink…YUM!!!

  9. October 31, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Elephant are my favourite animals. Such intelligent creatures. I appreciate there’s so much work being done to make sure they continue on.

  10. October 31, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    I’ve never heard of Amarula before! I think it’s a wonderful thing that they are giving back and trying to save the elephants.

  11. October 31, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    I would love to visit Africa one day. To see an elephant in Africa in its natural habit and not at San Diego Zoo for example would be awe-inspiring! Happy to see companies who are invested into these wonderful animals!

  12. November 1, 2017 / 3:33 am

    never heard of the Marula tree, how interesting! definitely want to visit that part of the world and taste this fruit, and Amarula! =)

  13. November 1, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    These photos are so amazing. I have never heard about Amarula before. This is so interesting. I will definitely give it a check.

  14. brandidcrawfordgmailcom
    November 1, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    These photos are amazing! I haven’t tried Amarula. It looks delish!

  15. November 2, 2017 / 4:13 am

    My gosh, the pictures of the elephants are so beautiful. More people need to bring awareness to help the elephants, thank you.

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