With its elaborately patterned shell, the handsome hawksbill
turtle glides majestically through the water. Often found in the vicinity of coral reefs, it can grow to 90 centimetres and weigh up to 75 kilogrammes. And for three reasons, it must constantly fear for its life: Its shell is made of genuine tortoiseshell, which is still a sought-after material for jewellery and handicrafts. Furthermore, its meat and eggs fetch a good price. So Kari hawksbill turtle represents a “critically endangered” animal species, which is in danger of extinction and internationally protected. Made of cuddly printed plush, Kari asks us to show more consideration – and to finally stop the hunting of real hawksbill turtles.
Ozzi tiger cat
In earlier times, the ocelot was a favourite prey of hunters.
This was because the smallish wildcat has an especially attractive coat marked with dark spots and stripes. Thanks to the international convention protecting endangered species, today this danger has largely been averted. But as human areas of habitation grow, the ocelot’s habitat is increasingly threatened. The predatory ocelot prefers to hunt on the ground during the evening and night, often in the vicinity of dangerous, ever multiplying streets. So it’s important to keep our eyes open. The Steiff ocelot shows us how it’s done, carefully observing the world with his wide eyes and fully perked ears. And of course his coat, featuring typical ocelot markings, is made of plush. In a collection of personal treasures, real fur would be out of place!
Hummi Humboldt penguin
The Humboldt penguin is in its element in the cold Humboldt
Current off the Pacific coast of South America – Peru and northern Chili, to be precise. It nests on land in guano cliffs, but is perfectly adapted to life in the water. Today this handsome penguin is legally protected from hunting. But intensive guano mining and the El Niño weather phenomenon are still taking their toll: as the cold current is slowed, the too-warm water lacks nutrients. As a result, there are only 3,300 to 6,000 adult birds of this vulnerable species still living in the Pacific. Hummi Humboldt penguin shows how beautiful they are. His plumage bears the authentic markings of a genuine banded penguin, with airbrushing lending his feet and beak the typical spots.