In 2017 Amelia was invited to the home of Cecil the Lion, the lion who was so tragically murdered by an American "hunter" in a canned lion hunt. Seeing that the Cecil campaign was such a success, Amelia continued to follow her heart and her passion into the heart of Africa: Zimbabwe. Amelia's campaign to stop lion and elephant poaching is ongoing and takes place alongside education about other endangered species.
Amelia accepted the invitation to the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, by Isabel Lynch and Lindsay Norman, founders of the Hwange School Project. www/Hwange-schools.com; https://www.facebook.com/NgamoPrimarySecondarySchoolLibraryProject/
Ark Angel put its focus on the precious Pangolin of Zimbabwe in the Kapane, Zika, and Ngamo schools and Amelia's Ark Angel is growing! For first time, Amelia took two American volunteers into the Tsholotsho district schools neighbouring the Hwange National Park so that Amelia and her team could personally interact with the children in rural villages to teach them about the tragedy of poaching innocent little Pangolin.
The Pangolin is the single most illegally trafficked animal on earth and their complete extinction is eminent if we don’t do something NOW! These mysterious gentle beings are in great peril and will soon face total annihilation. The Ark Angel Pangolin Campaign is entitled: “Sanctuary not SOUP!”
Amelia and her team taught children in three schools in Zimbabwe about the possibilities of getting lucrative jobs in the tourism business so that they can grow up to conserve their national treasures: lions, elephants, and the magical Pangolin—what few there are left on the planet. Let's gather our strength and educate children about these remarkable animals before the Pangolin leave this earth forever. Your love and concern MATTER! Please watch this video and see if these miraculous beings don’t melt your heart:
Pangolin are on the critically endangered species list, meaning that they are one of the most endangered animals on Earth, and they exist only in few places on the planet--Zimbabwe and even hidden in the bush of Zambia.
Zimbabwe is one of their only natural habitats on Earth, but they are being poached so dramatically, they are about to leave the planet completely--unless we do something FAST! Amelia did something fast, and flew to Africa to draw Pangolin, dance as Pangolin, eat as Pangolin (with their long sticky tongues, this was fun!) and to make up theater games about Pangolin and poachers so that these children understand there are alternatives to giving in to an evil poacher who will offer them vast sums of money. Moyo, my amazing volunteer, works for the school district in Zimbabwe to raise funds so that these children can go to school. He's demonstrating here how easy it is for a poacher to pick up a defenseless Pangolin and walk off with it. One of my American volunteers, Elaine Goodrich, noticed that two of the children in our classroom did not have shoes. She was reduced to tears. She made a generous donation on the spot so that all these children would have shoes on their feet. Choosing to help these children is easier than you may think. Helping is its own reward, and nothing could bring more joy than helping the children and endangered animals of this world, even if it means one at a time. If we don't, who will?
A Pangolin is one of Nature's most extraordinary creatures. A type of anteater, it is completely peaceful and defenseless against poachers. Its only form of defense in to roll up into a ball, which is unfortunately very easily picked up by poacher, where it is shipped to China to become soup. Pagolin soup is considered a delicacy by some wealthy Chinese, and the scales are also ground up to make "medicine."
The children of Africa spell it out for the rest of the world: "WE LOVE CECIL!" Amelia visited the Beretta School in the Kruger National Park in August of 2015, campaigning to the littlest conservationists of the future, who are already quite convinced they will do everything in their power to protect, not hurt their lions. The Cecil Fund is Ark Angel's first campaign to protect future generations of Africa lions from poaching and the canned lion hunting industry. In 2016, Amelia was invited into the classrooms at the Baretta School where she instructed the children to draw lions, dance as lions, and make up theater about lions and poachers so that these children understand that conservation is a better long-term solutions to the crisis of poverty and poaching. If you love Cecil the Lion, too, please help Ark Angel educate the next generation of little lion lovers so that they grow up to be animal protectors, not poachers.Her campaign to stop canned lion hunting was also a big focus of the education program, as well as the value of conservation and living in harmony with all African animals in their native environment. Ark Angel's message to the children is that wild animals have great value, so if these children devote their lives to protecting Africa's animals, children can aspire to lucrative careers in the tourism industry allowing tourists from around the world to photograph lions in reverence of their beauty. Ark Angel offers the idea that a more productive future for everyone--animals and humans--can come into glorious manifestation when lions are shot with cameras, not guns!
But Ark Angel needs YOUR HELP! This trip will not be possible without donations! If you love lions, elephants, and mysterious Pangolin, you can make a difference in their future on this planet! Please support Ark Angel in 2018!
Please enjoy these shows from the The Sacred Harmony Safari 2015 to see what Ark Angel has accomplished toward lion conservation it its first two years in Africa!
Amelia's life-long mission has always been charity work for animals and children. For the last 17 years, she has volunteered her services to assist and rescue animals all over the world. Before Amelia's Ark Angel Society was formed in May of 2014, Amelia combined her teaching tours in conjunction with visits to sanctuaries and zoos, in order to fly to distant countries where wild animals are in great need. She has assisted tigers in sanctuaries in Thailand, Africa, Switzerland, the UK, Florida, Southern California, and Texas. Her most miraculous stories about communicating with tigers and the tragic facts of their endangered status are the focus of the first chapter of her new book, Whispers From the Wild: Listening to Voices from the Animal Kingdom (New World Library.)
Elephants have always been another of Amelia's great passions, so a key chapter of Whispers From the Wild is devoted to her astonishing interactions with African Elephants, and the chapter also outlines their conservation challenges. Ark Angel has a focus on the abolition of the ivory trade and finding solutions between the elephant-human conflict in Zambia.
Amelia hostessed a fundraiser in Johannesburg, South Africa for Shumbashaba, a charity that provides physically and emotionally disabled children pet assisted therapy with the Lippizaner horses. After a spectacular show, the children painted the horses with their fingerprints. (Amelia presented and is pictured here with Brian Temba, lead singer and star in the touring company of The Lion King.) http://www.shumbashaba.co.za/
Amelia also had the honor of co-hostessing a fundraiser with Michelle Garforth in Cape Town South Africa for SANCCOB, (South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) who de-oil penguins after deadly oil spills and rehabilitate orphaned penguins to release them back into the wild. SANCCOB allowed her to release a penguin they had named "Amelia" back into the ocean after Penguin Amelia and her friends had suffered some trauma in an oil spill. https://sanccob.co.za/
Amelia also wrote a chapter about her remarkable meeting with a Great White Shark matriarch in Whispers From the Wild, describing a cage dive off the coast of Cape Town where a Great White and her four young shark family members greeted Amelia to the shock and dismay of a skeptical crew on the boat. Amelia answered the call of shark warrior Lesley Rochat and founder of AfriOceans Conservation to help raise awareness about the plight of Great White Sharks. Amelia advocates that beauty comes in many forms and "dangerous" animals are also vulnerable thus worthy of protection.
has always had a life-long passion for gorilla conservation and has worked closely with The Gorilla Foundation over the years: Also in 2015, Amelia visited 180 orphans in a village outside of Kigali Rwanda where the children danced as gorilla, drew gorilla, and learned the value of protecting the Earth's last remaining Mountain Gorilla from the dangers of poaching.
Amelia has also volunteered her services at Cheetah Outreach and Drakenstein Lion Park in Cape Town, many big cat sanctuaries all over the world, wolf sanctuaries in Colorado and the Langedrag Naturpark in Norway, and the Johannesburg Zoo where she filmed an episode of Carte Blanche do demonstate the sentient nature of the animals there including the Orangutan, the Polar Bear, the giraffe, and a rescued baby rhino who still had fresh gun-shot wounds in her chest.
Please enjoy these shows from the The Sacred Harmony Safari 2015 to see what Ark Angel has accomplished for elephants in its first two years in Africa!
These slide-shows were created as a tribute to Amelia's 2015 Christmas with the Mountain Gorillas and the orphans of Rwanda.
What is the ARK ANGEL SOCIETY? Do you feel drawn to help animals and find your place in the harmony of nature? Would you like to be an agent of positive change in this world? Amelia's Ark Angel Society is a nonprofit charity designed to educate children about the value of wildlife and help save endangered species from extinction. Ark Angel takes annual trips into the schools of rural Africa to nip poaching in the bud.
Championing beauty and innocence in all its forms - both in humans and in other animals -- Ark Angel is devoted to reaching children who need to grow up with a sense of “place” on Earth and the self-esteem to know they can make a difference in the restoration of our planet and its endangered wildlife. Ark Angel is dovoted to educate and enlighten the next generation of children who will save endangered species.
With volunteers now accompaning Amelia to reach these children, Amelia's Ark creates a new kind of “angel” who wields a bold philosophy - a way of life spent revering the earth and taking the responsibility for the welfare of fellow Earth creatures. This perspective means that we must give back, that we are here to be stewards of our world and have a job to do in order to continue to live alongside Earth’s magnificent animals. It’s a fresh approach, a hands-on intervention which provides a means of co-existing with Nature by enlightening children, lifting the burden that humans have heaped onto the shoulders of innocent animals, and a way of finding hope, direction, and meaning in our lives.
So… here’s a personal invitation from me, Amelia Kinkade:
I’ve lived my entire life just for this moment... for the opportunity to say to you…
"I invite you to join me in a world where a billion voices rise in unison to stop the annihilation of Earth’s animals.
Are you an Ark Angel? If you have the aching desire to help rescue wild animals, you are an Ark Angel. Do you wonder, 'Is it too late? Is there something I can do to help save this planet?" Individually, no. But together? YES! Become airborne with me on the wings of love where together my squadron of Ark Angels can go into formation and start transforming this planet! Wingtip to wingtip, let’s hit the skies and fly to where we’re needed most, where animals are suffering, where their dignity and safety need to be restored. To ensure this, we must start to better educate Earth’s children. Let’s teach them to champion innocence and beauty in animal forms. Let’s teach the children to protect those who can’t speak for themselves. This is what being an Ark Angel is all about.
Nothing can bring justice without courage. Nothing can bring salvation without hope. Together let’s find a creative way to bring positive change to our Earth. Each one of you can be an agent of change. Let’s work together so that our great-grandchildren will be able to enjoy the splendor of Nature and her diversity of wild animals. Spread your wings! Join the flock.
ARK ANGEL is a non-profit based in Los Angeles, California and takes tax-deductible contributions. Tax ID: 47-1813495
In November of 2014, I flew to Zambia and visited schools so that I could talk to the students about the tragedy of animal poaching. I also led safaris in South Luangwa National Park where baby elephants and lions get caught in snares set by poachers. Zambia has lost 40% of its elephants to illegal ivory poaching in the last century. I decided to start with the poachers of the future, and in true Terminator style, I decided to go “back in time” to a place where children have not yet been fully indoctrinated in the status quo. Working with an innovative organization called Chipembele, which teaches conservation to African children, I visited the Chiwawatala school in Mfuwe. This is rural Africa, where food and school funding are scarce. Here in the wildest “bush", school is considered a rare privilege and the children who get to go to school must be sponsored. Without this sponsorship, most would be at home in huts with dirt floors, unable to obtain the education that many children around the world take for granted.
I had the children talk about elephants, dance as elephants, draw elephants in two-figure compositions - that means I didn’t ask the kids to draw isolated elephants, or just the “outer edges” of elephants, but elephants portrayed not as two-dimensional objects or as “menaces” which is how they’re perceived in Africa , but as living, thinking, loving beings who live in family groups and have relationships with each other. The drawings were the most tender, caring, thoughtful and skillful drawings I’ve ever seen drafted by a group of fifty 8-14 year olds.
But the true success happened when I asked the kids to make up plays to act out their perceptions of elephant poaching. This was an incredible moment of my life. When I asked the kids if they thought a baby elephant would miss his mother if she got killed, they all said, “No!” Then I directed a girl to play the mommy elephant, another girl play the auntie, and a little boy to play the baby elephant. I had one boy volunteer to be the big bad poacher! The “poacher” shot the mommy and the auntie and killed them both. Both girls fell to the floor.
The little African boy playing the baby elephant, shuffled over to his dead aunt and mother and just gently nudged them with his hand, pretending it was his trunk. He mourned their loss so beautifully, he made it look so sad even without words. After this amazing pantomime, I asked the class, “NOW do you think a baby elephant would miss his mother if she got poached?” and they all said, “Yes!” I had them yell at the top of their lungs, “Poacher-NO! Protector-YES! Poacher-NO! Protector-YES!” It was a big WIN and I can’t wait to do more of this in schools all over the world and get you involved, too."
I'm starting with children in Africa so that they will understand that baby elephants miss their mothers if their mothers are poached! Please support me as I build an "ARK" for the last remaining endangered species on this planet and educate the children who will grow up to be their keepers... or their killers."