Compassion is contagious. When we first met Tylor Starr, founder of the Protego Foundation, he inspired us to commit to being the first and only 100% vegan subscription box in the wizarding fandom. Now, we’re proud to be partnering with Protego to help raise money for an amazing charity in Florida called Save the Chimps.

Primates in Peril

Did you know that in the USA alone, there are over 600 chimpanzees living in research laboratories, entertainment, and the pet trade? In 2015, the US Fish & Wildlife Service closed a loophole that allowed invasive testing and the purchase of chimpanzees for private use, despite their endangered status. While this was incredible progress for chimpanzees, many still await their peaceful and dignified retirement to reputable sanctuaries. In Africa, wild chimpanzees are often hunted for bushmeat, the capture of infants for trade, and because they are seen as a “pest” species. With only about 170,000 left in the wild, compared to over one million at the turn of the century, this endangered species needs our help.

Chimps are our closest living relatives, sharing as much as 98.6% of our DNA. They are intelligent, sentient animals who feel pain and suffering just like you and me.

Protego’s “Find Dougal” Campaign

Campaign poster for Protego Foundation's "Find Dougal" campaign raising money for Save The ChimpsThe Protego Foundation is launching a campaign to bring the plight of chimpanzees to light:

“When Newt Scamander came to New York, he had to find and rescue the magical creatures who escaped from his suitcase-sanctuary before they were hurt by humans—both magic and no-maj. One of the beasts Newt had to find was his apelike Demiguise companion, Dougal. The Protego Foundation’s “Find Dougal” campaign, launching at the beginning of November, highlights the plight that chimpanzees face at the hands of humans. The Protego Foundation is working to educate the Wizarding World fandom on how they can use Newt’s rescue of Dougal to help chimpanzees in our world. Through a partnership with Save the Chimps, a sanctuary in Florida that provides lifetime care to chimpanzees from research laboratories, the entertainment industry, and the pet trade, Protego is looking to support the sanctuary by raising money that will go towards lifesaving support for these rescued chimps.”

How we’re helping

As soon as Accio! found out about the campaign, we knew it would be the perfect tie-in for our November box, “Magical Creatures and How to Spot Them,” which is all about the strange and beautiful creatures that inhabit the magical world.

In partnership with Protego, $2 from every Magical Creatures box we sell will be donated to Save the Chimps to help them with the cost of caring for the nearly 250 chimps in their charge. If we sell out (and we anticipate that we will!), that will mean a $1000 donation to Save the Chimps!

Each box will contain an exclusive campaign item designed in collaboration with the Protego Foundation, which you won’t be able to get anywhere else! You’ll also find another collectible item with a unique variant that you can only get in this box, and a third mystery item that will be one of four exclusive designs created just for us!

A special surprise for subscribers

Protego founder Tylor Starr with actor and activist Evanna Lynch

Protego founder Tylor Starr with actor and activist Evanna Lynch

As an additional incentive, we are thrilled to announce that a handful of very lucky subscribers will be chosen at random to receive an amazing bonus: a signed photograph from actor and champion for animals, Evanna Lynch!

As you may know, Evanna played everyone’s favorite Ravenclaw, Luna Lovegood, in the film franchise. Since the series ended, she has been focusing much of her energy on initiatives related to animal rights, including giving lots of support to Tylor and the Protego team.

This is an incredible and priceless collector’s item, and we are so grateful to her for this generous gift! (And if you want to see what Evanna and Tylor have been up to in the world of animal rights, check out their podcast, the Chickpeeps!)

Subscribe now to help Save the Chimps!

What are you waiting for? With all of these awesome perks and a shot at winning an autograph from one of the most iconic actors in the entire series, this box is going to go fast. Don’t delay if you want a chance at helping an amazing organization and getting a box full of creature-themed goodies for yourself!

Take a swig of Felix Felicis and then click here to subscribe!

(And be sure to sign up for alerts on the Protego Foundation website, and keep up to date on their latest campaigns for animals on Instagram and Facebook!)