When you shop with STEP 22® a portion of your purchase goes directly to projects aimed at protecting threatened species around the world. Our network of conservation partners allow us to connect dollars with doers who are working hard all over our planet to ensure that wildlife and people can coexist and thrive. It is by no accident that most of our products are named after animals. Creating adventure travel gear is WHAT we do, but being able to support so many great conservation programs is WHY we do it.
STEP 22® is proud to be a member of 1% for the Planet. When you shop with us, you're purchasing for the planet.
Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia, and Craig Matthews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a global organization that inspires people and businesses to support environmental organizations through annual membership and everyday actions.
STEP 22® has chosen WCN as our primary conservation partner. Our certified giving through 1% for the Planet goes directly to WCN and its network of 17 world class Conversation Partners and the grantees of their Wildlife Funds.
Wildlife Conservation Network protects endangered wildlife by ensuring conservationists have resources to succeed. Their open collaboration program allows on-the-ground conservationists to accomplish so much more than traditional models.
You already are! By supporting STEP 22® you are helping us, and our network of conservation partners around the world, take direct action toward a better planet. You can learn more here about the animals we love and are fighting to save. Next, spread the word! It is hard to save something you know nothing about. Finally, consider rounding up your purchase when you check out; every little bit really does help! If you are able to give even more, sign up to give a monthly donation to the organization (or animal) that you feel most attached to.
SAVING ELEPHANTS | ENDING THE IVORY CRISIS
Africa's elephants could disappear from much of the wild within a generation. These deeply social and complex beings are some of our planets most intelligent creatures. Up to 30,000 elephants are killed every year, driven by the international ivory trade that thrives on poverty, corruption, and greed. This is a full blown crisis and these giants need every ounce of help they can get. The Elephant Crisis Fund fosters collaboration and has funded over 290 projects and 80 organizations in 38 different countries across Africa and the world.
WHAT THE HECK IS A PANGOLIN?
You're not alone! About 70% of the world's population have never heard of them. If you picked up one of our Pangolin Tool Rolls then you probably already know a portion of your money is working hard to save these wonderful scaly-skinned mammals. Illegal wildlife trade has made them more trafficked than any other mammal on Earth. While they are on the verge of extinction, it is not too late.
IF THE OCEANS DIE, WE DIE.
After surviving 400 million years on this planet, sharks and rays are now in serious trouble. Due to pollution, climate change, and over fishing, twenty four percent of sharks and rays worldwide are now endangered to extinction. Sharks and rays are an essential part of the marine ecosystem, their disappearance endangers the oceans. A portion of every Stingray Flat Box sale helps support the conservation of threatened marine species and their habitats. MarAlliance explores, enables and inspires positive change for threatened marine wildlife, their critical habitats and dependent human communities.
ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST ENDANGERED PRIMATES
Cotton-top tamarins are one-pound monkeys found only in the tropical dry forests of northwestern Colombia. This critically endangered monkey's survival is threatened by extensive forest destruction and capture for the illegal pet trade. Proyecto Tití works to engage communities in efforts to protect cotton-top tamarins and their forest home.
Most rhino species are dangerously close to extinction
Their future is continuously imperiled by an illegal trade motivated by greed, cruelty, and traditional practices, as well as unsafe habitat that leaves them vulnerable to poaching. These persistent threats must be addressed in order for the recovery of the rhinos.
Rhinos are extremely powerful animals, but they are no match against the grip that poaching continues to have on them. Criminals target rhinos to supply an illegal trade that prizes rhino horns as art commodities and for medicinal value, despite there being no evidence that they possess such traits. Despite current conservation efforts, a rhino is still killed every ten hours across their range. In South Africa specifically, home to the largest rhino population in the world, a rhino is killed every 15 hours. More rigorous, effective measures are necessary to stop poachers so that rhinos can recover.
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