Elina, a celebrity trainer, fitness guru, model, recent Miss Beverly Hill's pagent winner and ambassador to Michelle Obama's "Shape Up America" campaign, has decided to do something to help save these cats. While biologists are working on the ground in Iran to conserve and manage populations of this majestic cat, Elina has endeavored to raise global awareness for the plight of both the Persian and Arabian leopards.
These two leopard subspecies are not only a flagship subspecies, but are critical players of their respective ecosystems. Shaffy, a lifelong animal advocate hopes to begin raising funds to educate local people and Westerners about these beautiful felids.
Together, Elina and I plan to create a non-profit organization to help conserve these great cats. But there is more to the story. We are not just interested in protecting the natural heritage of the region. We are interested in cultivating positive Judaic-Islamic relations among Westerners and people in the troubled Middle Eastern regions of the world.
Elina is an Islamic American. I am a Jewish American. We hope to spread goodwill as ambassadors for our people, while providing a conservation service to some of the most beautiful animals on the planet. As Elina said, "We not only want to protect nature, we hope to create an interfaith partnership that sees the world as one, committed to compassion, change, solutions and world peace."