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