Over a million plant and animal species around the world are now endangered. Conserving our beautiful planet’s biodiversity is one of the most pressing tasks facing us today – and the wildlife rescue organisation National Park Rescue (NPR) makes a vital contribution. Their ranger and patrol teams protect African national parks and the wild animals that live there in their natural habitats, and operate strategically targeted projects to ensure their long-term survival.
“Anyone can make a difference,” said NPR’s director of conservation, Dr Niall McCann, when we spoke to him. We want to share the team’s amazing work with you and make clear why it’s so important.
Among others, we’ll be supporting their work through our porcelain brand Sieger by Fürstenberg. With the “Beautiful Creatures” series, we’ll be building on what we started in 2021 with the special-edition Precious Companions tumbler, created in partnership with aesthetic doctor Dr Barbara Sturm.
You can learn more about National Park Rescue and how to make a donation here:
Bees are essential for almost all our earth’s ecosystems. The Earthwatch Institute declared them to be the most important living beings on the planet. In Germany, around 80% of native crops and wild are dependent on bees for their pollination. That means bees provide us with vital sources of food and are crucial to preserving our biodiversity. But in recent years, their numbers have plummeted across the world.
With two beehives in our castle garden, we’re helping to maintain and expand Germany’s bee population. We’ve now harvested our fifth annual batch of our very own honey, known as Castle Gold, and are delighted to be able to share it with our team and business partners.
Fascinating facts and figures about bees
Bees have existed for over 100 million years.
Each colony has three types of bees, which differ in size: one queen, hundreds of drones and around 60,000 workers.
75% of global agriculture is dependent on bees to pollinate fruit, vegetables or nuts.
Honeybees search for food in a 3 to 4 km radius around their hive; in human terms, that’s equivalent to travelling around 2,500 km to find food.
A bee leaves the hive around ten times per day, and visits 250 to 300 flowers.
To produce 500g of honey, bees have to fly to between two and five million flowers, covering a distance of some 150,000 km; for a single bee, that’d be equivalent to flying round the globe three times.
Each year, a bee colony flies a cumulative total of up to 36 million km, which is 900 times the circumference of the earth.
Bees flap their wings an average of 11,400 times per minute (190 times a second) and fly at speeds ranging from 20 to 30 km/h.
Sternenland e.V. – where you can mourn
A game as support in processing grief in the Sternenland e.V.
How to handle the death of a beloved person? A great challenge for families and especially young people. Sternenland e.V. supports children and young adults in times of grief, accompanies and strengthens them. For the social centre Sternenland e.V., we designed a colourful playboard that helps the trained pedagogues to get an impression of the current state of participants' grief and their individual needs. All based on the original idea and concept of Christopher Luig.
Dynamic and innovative – our two smart team members!
Heroes at work
We have heroes working for us on a whole host of different missions. Our team includes a mix of talented youngsters and seasoned veterans, some of who have been with us for over 20 years, who pool together expertise from a variety of disciplines in order to come up with solutions.
Kai-Uwe Brandt – Senior Designer
Anne-Marie Bayer – Junior Art Director
Malika Akremi – Webdesignerin & Mediengestalterin
Johannes Preun – Junior Designer
Interested in getting to know us better and contributing your talents to our team? Then we’d love to hear from you:
By the way: As part of our sustainability strategy, we’re offsetting our CO2 emissions by purchasing climate protection certificates. To this end, we support hydropower projects in Myanmar and Vietnam, in which electricity is generated through the use of renewable water resources.