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AZA, Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, and Christopher Radko Announce Partnership to Help Combat Tiger Trafficking

The new ornament will support global efforts to end the trafficking of tigers.

Silver Spring, MD (July 21, 2021) – The Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA), a program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and Rauch Industries, makers of the world-famous Christopher Radko ornaments, today announced a two-year partnership to combat wildlife trafficking around the world with a tiger-themed Christmas ornament.

Made from blown glass, the new ornament, titled “The Coolest Cats,” features a hand-painted tiger and cub. Tigers are under threat from human activities such as poaching, illegal trade, and habitat destruction. A percentage of the sales from this ornament will benefit the WTA’s global initiatives to combat tiger trafficking.

“There are few things as recognizable on a holiday tree as a Christopher Radko glass ornament. They spark conversation as soon as they come out of their box,” said Sara Walker, AZA’s Senior Advisor on Wildlife Trafficking. “Our partnership not only provides a beautiful ornament to consumers but also gives them a direct way to help combat the senseless trafficking of tigers. We are very excited to be working with such an iconic brand!”

The ornament made its world debut for retailers at The Gift Show in Atlanta, Ga., last week as part of the company’s charity line. It is now available for pre-order at the Christopher Radko website.

“We are thrilled to start this incredible partnership with the Wildlife Trafficking Alliance and to have the opportunity to help protect these beautiful animals. We cannot wait to see the success of this piece and the large impact that it will have on helping combat trafficking of tigers.”  Amy Pearson, Vice President of Design, Product Development and Brand Marketing at Christopher Radko.

To pre-order “The Coolest Cats,” visit the Christopher Radko website.

For more information about the Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, visit www.wildlifetraffickingalliance.org.

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and 12 other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.

About Wildlife Trafficking Alliance

The Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA) is a coalition of more than 80 leading companies, non-profit organizations, and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums working together to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife products. WTA works with a variety of partners whose active engagement is essential to the success of the WTA goals. To learn more, visit www.wildlifetraffickingalliance.org.

About Christopher Radko

Once upon a Holiday Night, a Christmas tree fell and startled the Radko family household. With more than 1,000 vintage mouth-blown glass ornaments broken to bits, Christopher was distraught. Searching endlessly to replace them, he found nothing quite good enough to replace his treasured memories. He soon realized that the only option was to start from scratch. Thus began the creation of Christopher Radko Ornaments. Today, after thirty years of designing and creating, the Christopher Radko Company has produced more than eighteen million fine European glass ornaments that have become a part of family traditions across the United States. Growing to encompass several additional lines of holiday décor, the line includes "Home for the Holidays" and Shiny Brite™, a vintage-inspired line featuring recreations of uniquely American ornaments, lighting and accessories first made popular in the 1940's and 50's. The magical heirlooms produced by the Christopher Radko Company have brought joy and happiness into homes worldwide, creating ever-lasting traditions throughout the years. Christopher Radko ornaments have decorated the White House, adorned the Kennedy Center, and garnished the personal collections of celebrities such as Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta, Robert DeNiro, Elizabeth Taylor, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. For more information, please visit www.christopherradko.com.


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