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A Special Wedding gift

April 29, 2011 | Tag(s): Asian elephants, conservation
By: Brenda, Director of Education and Volunteers, Audubon Zoo

I got up early this morning to watch the Royal Wedding.  I have been an Anglophile since I started reading about kings and queens as a child.  The media have covered this event ad nauseam for weeks and I know people are tired about hearing about Prince William and Kate, however, these two young people are an inspiration in a special way to zoo’s and conservationists. 

The bride and groom have requested that in lieu of wedding gifts people contribute to a long list of charitable organizations.  Four of those 26 charities are conservation organizations:  Earthwatch,  Black rhino  Conservation, African Forest elephant and Asian elephant Conservation, Sumatran tiger, Indian tiger and Amur tiger  Conservation.  Wow!  They had me at “charitable causes” and then I saw Conservation for Future Generations.  This bride and groom are an inspiration to me as a conservation educator.  They give me hope for the future generations.  What if all young couples gave up gold plated candy dishes or multiple toasters and had money donated to saving Asian elephants?  This is a wonderful thing.

 The future King of England loves Africa and is a big conservationist.  He has a great opportunity to lead and inspire.  I will be toasting his nuptials today and hope that he has a long and happy marriage.  I also hope that our wildlife have a chance at a long and happy future.  It just may be possible-one wedding at a time.

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