There are four amazing Kumiki style wooden 3D Puzzles to choose from in this series made by Terra Toys for the WWF – World Wildlife Fund. The Wildlife Conservation Collection is made from wood from well managed forests certified by the FSC – Forest Stewardship Council. These puzzles tick all the boxes. Fun to play with. Challenging your spatial awareness skills. Using sustainable materials. And very importantly giving back to a good cause with a small part of the sale price going to the World Wildlife Fund.
These 3D puzzles are suitable for young and old players. The suggested age is 6+ and they’re a great way to introduce kids to the great work of WWF and animal conservation themes. A full step by step solution and the story of the animal and it’s habitat is included with each puzzle.
The four animals to choose from are:
The Polar Bear is the world’s largest terrestrial carnivore. This remarkable species spends much of its life in, around and on the water which is why it’s Latin name, Urus maritimus, means sea bear.
Polar bears are the top predator in the Arctic marine ecosystem. They thrive on marine animals, especially seals which are an energy-rich food source. They can weigh up to 680 kilograms and measure up to 3 meters long. The polar bear could be the most iconic symbol of the Arctic eco-region.
WWF vision: To work with governments, business and communities to secure global commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ban potentially catastrophic energy-related operations from the Arctic region, eliminate all significant threats to vulnerable and valuable areas of the region, and establish new management regimes of land and sea to cope with climate change.
Number of pieces: 8
Size: The length of the Polar bear wooden puzzle is 120mm
The Asian Elephant is the smaller cousin of the world’s largest land animal, the African Elephant. But male Asian elephants can still weigh up to 5 tonnes so that’s pretty big! They can spend as much as two-thirds of their day feeding and need to drink at least once a day.
One of their habitats in the Eastern Himalayas sustains up to 10,000 plant species, 240 mammal species and 750 bird species.
WWF Vision: Establish a sustainable relationship between people and the environment to ensure a future that includes healthy wildlife populations, plentiful natural resources and lasting change for local livelihoods.
Number of pieces: 13
Size: The length of the elephant from the tip of his tusks to his tail is 112mm
Loggerhead turtles weigh 110 kgs on average and the inside of their shell is about 90cm long.These carnivorous turtles eat everything from molluscs and conches to clams and crabs.
The turtles are migratory and are known to be able to travel up to 12,000 klms but one of their main habitats is the Atlantic Ocean’s largest coral reef. The Mesoamerican Reef hosts more than 665 species of stony coral and more than 500 species of marine animals.
WWF Vision: Enhance the health of the Mesamerican Reef’s diverse ecosystems and provide sustainable livelihoods for local people.
Number of pieces: 6
Size: The body of the turtle wooden puzzle is 95mm in diameter
Giant Pandas spend most of their time on the ground but they do have the ability to climb trees. The Pandas come from the central region of China dominated by tall mountains, deep forests and the mighty Yangtze River. Only there is the giant panda free to roam and much on its favourite species of bamboo.
WWF vision: Conserve one of the world’s most important rivers and reduce the impact of human activities by transforming the most significant market forces, institutions, and policies.
Number of pieces: 13
Size: The panda wooden puzzle is 110mm tall
Kumiki puzzles originated in Japan in the mid 18th century and the word kumiki literally means to join wood together in Japanese. Kumiki wooden structural locking joints that did not use nails or glue were used in many buildings. They were designed to allow wooden buildings to withstand earthquakes. Woodworker’s apprentices would make models to learn how to fit wood joints without using nails and these models were probably the first kumiki puzzles.
Kumiki has come to mean figural wooden interlocking puzzles.
These puzzles are a challenge and fun to put together and once they’re together you can display them as pieces of wooden art. These kumiki puzzles have the added desirability of supporting the WWF in their work to research and protect endangered species.
Established in 1961 World Wildlife Fund – WWF – is today the world’s leading not-for-profit conservation organisation working to protect diversity in the animal kingdom. They are represented in over 100 countries with millions of supporters.