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September 4th is National Wildlife Day and together with our buddies, we’re celebrating today. National Wildlife day was established in 2006 by Colleen Paige – animal activist, conservationalist and author. The day was created as a tribute to the life and work of Steve Irwin aka The Crocodile Hunter, to honour his love and work for wildlife of all kinds and for the passion he shared with the world.

National Wildlife Day serves to bring awareness to the number of endangered animals nationally as well as globally, that need to be preserved and rescued from their demise each year, but also to acknowledge U.S. zoos and outstanding animal sanctuaries for everything they do to help preserve this planet's animals and educate the public about conservation – especially to children, our animal's future caretakers and conservationists.

At Embroider Buddy®, we have a very special place in our hearts for wildlife and we know that the recipients of each and every Embroider Buddy® stuffed animal does too. It is our hope that the love and companionship that people have with their Embroider Buddy® animals will extend to the stewardship of wildlife and the environment.

The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) maintains a list of endangered species. There are currently more than 50 on this list and 17 of them are classed as critically endangered. Did you know that many of the animals that inspired our Embroider Buddy® stuffed animals are endangered? Our endangered buddies include: several species of Elephants and Tigers and also Giant Pandas.

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Today, we join Colleen Paige, Steve Irwin and the many people and organizations that speak and act on behalf of the beautiful species that we share the earth with.