SAHF Fundraiser

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Save A Horny Friend Fundraiser on Darwin’s Birthday!

SAHF - Flyer for Fundraiser Feb 12

What better way to help protect the most exotic and majestic land creatures than in honor of the Father of both Natural Selection and Sexual Selection!?

Contest: Build the tallest rhino horn out of toothpicks!
Contest: Horny Moves dance contest!
Raffles: Toy drones, 3-D printed Horny Friends, Photography, TShirts, Wine, etc!
TShirts: Own one of the coolest shirts in town (see image)!
Live Music: Classy Cuban Band Kimba Light!
Special presentation by philanthropic new dating app Neqtr​!

While having a lot of fun, we will be raising money for drone-based anti-poaching research, and education in the US and Africa against buying ivory and rhino horn, to finally put an end to rhinos and elephants from being poached toward extinction!

Minimum donation of $10 at the door gets your first raffle ticket. If you can’t make the live ‘fun”draiser please donate here:

Ivory Sold Publicly in San Francisco

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Articles, Events Attended | 0 comments

Elephant, Mammoth and Hippo Ivory

Sold Publicly at Fisherman’s Warf, San Francisco

Contact me to know more about the ivory visit, other activities of or to be a part of the Save A Horny Friend Foundation.

Jon Stewart Illuminates the Absurdity of the Elephant Poaching Crisis

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Articles | 0 comments

From: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Nov 12, 2014…

A terrific summary of the irony and the extent of the elephant poaching crisis and the absurdity of the ivory trade, from how it devastates African elephant populations to how it fuels funding for terrorist groups. (The US-China Carbon agreement in the beginning is relevant too.)

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Tanzanian Safari Guides Lead the World in Elephant Anti-Poaching March

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Articles, Events Attended | 0 comments



DSC_3835---Elepahant Mom and Baby Peering Over Grass Mad - Awesome _Adj light People in at least forty-six cities around the world are gearing up to march tomorrow to protest the unsanctioned accumulation of “wealth”, but this time it isn’t in response to corporate greed and the wealth is not money or even stocks or gold bullion. Rather, it is in response to terrorist and corrupt officials’ greed that robs all of us of perhaps the world’s favorite animal, the African elephant.

Through the first International March for Elephants, to be held October 4th, organizers and participants hope to achieve several lofty goals: educate the youth, cease all trade in ivory, end legal hunting of elephants, increase anti-poaching measures, properly penalize poachers, properly penalize corrupt officials who benefit or orchestrate poaching, and destroy all stocks of ivory.

The U.S. has scheduled a crushing of its multimillion-dollar stockpile of confiscated ivory for October 8, and the Tanzanian Association of Tour Operators (TATO), who have spearheaded the Tanzanian movement are also calling for the same, and have sworn to “…never give up on this cause. Projects will continue all year long, and this walk will happen year after year,” says Arusha Elephant March Chairwoman, Vesna Glamocanin Tibaijuka.

The end goal: destroy the ivory market once and for all. Allowing some hunting, some occasional UN-CITES sanctioned trade, or some nationally sanctioned ivory sales produce a blurred line fogging which ivory is legally sold and which comes from poachers – which for the most part is the majority of it globally.

Poaching is bad for nature – elephants are the sole distributors of many seeds that allow the African ecosystem to thrive, and many animals such as the dung beetle rely on elephant dung for their reproduction.

Poaching is bad for humans – we value elephants alive for our own quality of life. Terrorist organizations get significant funding from the sale of poached elephant ivory. Entire cities may collapse as tourism peters out.

Although the terrorist group Al Shabaab is believed to receive as much as 40% of the their funding from the sale of ivory, the determination of those organizing the March is unfettered by their recent attack in Nairobi and the subsequent cancelling of the March in Nairobi, the founding city of this March.

Fortunately, TATO, based in Arusha (the starting line for most safaris in Tanzania and known as ‘The Gateway to the Serengeti’) has offered to help with travel costs for Nairobi-based international reporters to cover the event in Arusha.  Participants in Nairobi have also been encouraged to join Arusha’s March and be hosted by Arushians, their neighbors a mere three hours away.

The elephant-poaching crisis is so devastating that many African countries predict losing this creature completely in as few as seven years. With elephants being poached at rates of 30-50 a day across the continent, African countries not addressing the elephant poaching face notable loss of tourism and the collapse of local economies that rely almost exclusively on elephant-seeking tourists.

TATO has taken steps to empower the Tanzanian media to follow elephant poaching stories by offering financial aid to local journalists to cover basic expenses that would be incurred in traveling to the often-remote areas that poachers target, such as the Selous in southern Tanzania.  The efforts in Tanzania, one of the worst affected countries – elephant populations have dropped at least 50% since 2007 and is now less than 70,000 across the country, with many areas with no elephants to be found at all. Fortunately, now they are organized, TATO has vowed to not go unnoticed nor slink away quietly. For them, the March is just the beginning and will be led by a “Sparkling Elephant” covered in 30,000 glass beads made from recycled bottles.

October 3, 2013

— Valerie Kosheleff, MS, is a freelance writer based in Tanzania, focused on sustainability and anti-poaching, with a background in conservation, evolutionary biology and innovation.

2013: The Year of the VolksBulb

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Disruptive technology in the lighting industry illuminates how
LED innovation may be our energy-saving grace

by Valerie Kosheleff

With 2013 the Year of the People’s Bulb, Americans must shed no more tears for the soon-to-be phased-out incandescent bulb. Cree – a leader in light emitting diode (LED) technology – and The Home Depot have teamed up to reboot the light bulb. What looks like and what shines as brightly as an incandescent bulb is now the fully-matured and affordable LED light bulb that will save up to 84% of the energy used by traditional light bulbs.

LEDs have been available for years, but “The Cree LED Bulb” should save the average user around or over $200 across its whopping 10-year-warranty life span because it costs less to buy and run than lunch at the corner café. The Cree LED Bulb breaks the $10 a bulb barrier with its warm white 40W-equivalent bulb, which actually only draws 6W to run because it is an LED.  For only a few more dollars, 60W equivalents come in warm white and daylight color temperatures. Also announced last month, Philips will soon be launching a comparable LED bulb for around the $10 retail mark as well. (more…)

Cause Marketing Promotes a Diversity of Sustainable Businesses

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in Articles | 0 comments

by Valerie Kosheleff

There is much more to cause marketing than that short pause at the grocery store when you say, “Yes,” when asked, “Would you like to donate $1 to save the whales?” Ever growing, cause marketing surrounds us, promoting responsible businesses and boosting nonprofits to financial stability as well as cause success.

Cause marketing, or cause-related marketing, is the partnership between for-profits and non-profits to collaboratively promote their respective products or services. Be it for health, education, poverty alleviation or environmentalism, cause marketing remains strong both as a secondary source of income for nonprofits as well as a key marketing strategy for global businesses, yet differs greatly from other regular business strategies. (more…)

Dozens of Cutting-Edge Products and Solutions Showcased at GreenBuild 2012 Expo

Posted by on Nov 24, 2012 in Articles | 0 comments

by Valerie Kosheleff

Published in Sustainable Life Media, December 10, 2012

Article Link: Dozens of Cutting-Edge Products and Solutions Showcased at GreenBuild 2012 Expo


Two days of gleaning the countless isles of GreenBuild 2012’s three halls at downtown San Francisco’s Moscone Center makes it clear that the trend continues: eco-friendly, sustainable, and “green” products are not only innovative, cost-effective, and good for you, as well as the planet, but are pretty darn cool looking too.

Often the “eco-reluctants” disavow products because of erroneous beliefs of higher cost or lackluster appeal. Fortunately, our innovators have turned the tide on these misconceptions and produced products that are both aesthetically pleasing and in-demand solutions. Below are a few of the brands and most interesting groups from the show that we expect to see a lot more of in the near future: (more…)

The Lowdown on Labeling: The Green Guides & Certification Groups

Posted by on Jan 11, 2011 in Articles | 0 comments

by Valerie Kosheleff
Published by the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce, January 11, 2011.
Article Link: The Lowdown on Labeling

Still unsure what “natural”, “biodegradable”, “compostable” or “ecofriendly” truly mean? No worries, so is everyone else. Fortunately, 2011 shows great promise for integrity in environmental labeling. Not only has the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) taken steps this past year to revise its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (called Green Guides for short), but several of the world’s largest vendors of consumer products have also made great strides to establish common definition of what it means to label a product as “green”.

FTC Green Guides
The Green Guides advise on the gamut of environmentally friendly claims from labeling to advertising to symbols, be it in print or online, for items of personal or commercial use. A claim needs to clearly state which part of the product or service it refers to and to what degree it is applicable for the average consumer, or may be deemed a deceptive claim. (more…)