South Africa is known for both its fine wine and its iconic wildlife. Next time you want an elegant wine but also want to support rhinos in Kruger National Park, you can do both! One man was so inspired by anti-poaching efforts in South Africa that he created a wine to support the initiative. All proceeds from Mt. Vernon Wine Estate’s Rhino Tears sales go to Unite Against Poaching and the SANParks Honorary Rangers. Rhino Tears offers Chenin Blanc, Red blend and Sweet Rosé.
If beer is more your style, check out the Asian company, Tiger Beer. The tiger has been an iconic part of its branding and global recognition. They have partnered with World Wildlife Fund to spread the message of the reality of the tiger population and the illegal wildlife trade. Their website publicizes the 3890TIGERS campaign, highlighting the vulnerable amount of tigers left in the wild. They have collaborated with artists as well to spread messages on billboards and social media.
For caffeine drinkers, Wild Kaapi has been named the world’s first Wildlife Friendly™ coffee. The idea came to scientists as they were researching biodiversity and economics with over 1,000 farmers in India. They will uphold the title by undergoing scientific audits to ensure that providing high-quality coffee will not happen at the expense of wildlife.
The first certified Elephant Friendly™ Tea was also launched this month as an example for other companies to reduce negative impacts on animal populations. Drainage ditches used in tea leave agriculture have trapped young elephants and the chemicals used in production have poisoned them as well.