HOW WE ARE DOING OUR BIT.
We have launched a crowdfunding campaign in the hopes of raising $20,000 to buy ourselves a copper still to make some gin and save some pangolins. For every $10 we raise in this campaign $1 goes to Save Pangolins.
If the campaign is successful, Blend Etiquette will continue to donate 10% of all profits attributed to the sale of Gin Pangolin to Save Pangolins. Please do the research on them, we did and loved what we found. All your generous support will go directly to a home grown South Australian business and to Save Pangolins.
What are pangolins?
Pronounced ‘Pang - Guh - Lin,’ they are bizarre, fascinating mammals that live in Asia and Africa. They’re such interesting critters with eight different species that range in size from 30 - 100 cm. They eat insects (mainly termites), some climb trees (arboreal), others live on the ground and are bipedal meaning they often walk/run on two legs (true!). They are covered in crazy scales (the only mammal known to have keratin scales). They don’t have any teeth but have very long tongues. They are hunted and traded in staggering quantities because their meat is considered a delicacy in parts of Asia and some believe that pangolin scales have medicinal qualities. They are often described as "the most trafficked mammals on the planet". All eight species of pangolin are classified by the IUCN as threatened with extinction, while two are classified as critically endangered.
After exposure to the plight of pangolins we wanted to do our bit to spread awareness and raise some cash to aid in pangolin conservation - but how? We looked for a bona fide organisation to partner with and found Save Pangolins (URL)
Save Pangolins was co-founded and managed by Keri Parker and Paul Thomson, two professional conservation biologists. They donate their time, waiving salaries to make sure almost every cent of donations go directly towards pangolin protection. Keri and Paul also serve as Vice Chairs on the IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group.
We reached out to Paul and Keri and explained what we were trying to do and pitched the idea of a joint crowdfunding campaign. Their response:
“Hi Lindon, I checked out the sites you sent me and liked what I saw. I think it’s great you are carrying on your father’s business legacy and that you want to kick back for wildlife conservation.
We would be grateful to receive 10% gross of money you raise.”
-Our mate, Pauly Thommo