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Folkmanis Puppets Joins With GLOBIO to Launch WebWilds.com
The world of puppetry goes on a virtual adventure

Web Wilds™ (EMERYVILLE, CA – January 17, 2008) FOLKMANIS® – the most innovative, creative puppet maker in the world – has joined forces with educational non-profit GLOBIO® - Where Kids Discover the World™ - to introduce a captivating new world of puppetry and online adventure. Always the leader in puppet innovation, award-winning Folkmanis introduces WEBWILDS™, puppets with their own educational wild web world. This next generation of hand- and imagination-powered, battery-free puppets are the first-ever with their own online habitats created around real-life environments. WebWilds provides hours of open-ended play when kids log on to http://www.WEBWILDS.com. WebWilds debuts in spring and can be seen at all major shows. GLOBIO will be on-site at the American International Toy Fair February 17-20, 2008 in Manhattan at the Folkmanis booth #1833 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to demonstrate how the internet world of puppets works.

"Puppets are the best toy to encourage creative, open-ended play. Our partnership with GLOBIO provides even more inspiration to children when they use their Folkmanis puppet while exploring the wonders of the animal kingdom on the internet," says Atis Folkmanis, company co-founder and president. "Our puppets are battery- and chip-free. WebWilds is a unique way of harnessing the excitement and learning richness of technology without affecting the soft, huggable, kid-powered puppets everyone loves."

There are six adorable WebWilds puppets to collect: Panda, Baby Orangutan, African Elephant, Small Lion, Koala, and Rockhopper Penguin. WebWilds Puppets are full-bodied, soft, cuddly, and fully detailed replicas of their live animal counterpart. Retailing for $20, each WebWilds comes with a secret code that opens up a magical real-world adventure at http://www.WEBWILDS.com. As WebWilds members, kids can play exclusive free games, look at photos and videos, send ecards, and much more. Every WebWilds also links to GLOBIO's Glossopedia, the world's first free, safe, child-specific encyclopedia where kids can discover more about their animals and a world of other creatures and places.

"Creating WebWilds with Folkmanis was pretty natural. Their history of quality, integrity and authenticity is everything we are bringing to children on the web in GLOBIO. WebWilds enables us to marry their efforts in hands-on fun with our minds-on learning about the amazing world of animals," says Gerry Ellis, GLOBIO's executive director.

"We are very excited to be working with GLOBIO. WebWilds provides a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn more about the real animals of the world while experiencing the fun of playing with the animal anytime, anywhere because their WebWilds are still puppets that are as much fun to play with as to cuddle," says Elaine Kollias, Folkmanis marketing director. "We anticipate kids will use the knowledge they gain from WebWilds.com and Globio.org when they are offline, in the classroom, or just playing on their own or with friends."

Folkmanis is donating a portion of the proceeds from every WebWilds purchase to support GLOBIO's creation of more free content to help kids learn about animals and the environment. "Everyone at Folkmanis realizes how important the environment is to our children's future and GLOBIO offers us a unique opportunity to expand on that commitment," says Mr. Folkmanis.


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Folkmanis believes imagination is the key to a healthy childhood, encouraging play and discovery to develop the skills necessary in life. The company has been making the most innovative and engaging specialty puppets in the world since 1976, delighting imaginations and winning nearly every industry, child development, and kid-tested award – many repeatedly. Most Folkmanis® Puppets are recommended for ages 3 and up and are available at specialty toy and gift stores, including: science/nature museums, zoo and aquarium gift shops, thousands of independent toy and gift stores, and specialty retailers nationwide and in more than 15 countries around the world. You can also find Folkmanis® Puppets online at Amazon.com. For more information contact Teresa Klein at 415-377-8557, email media@folkmanis.com or go to http://www.folkmanis.com.

Founded in 2001, GLOBIO envisions a world in which each person recognizes the interdependence of all life and celebrates and protects the diversity that sustains it. GLOBIO's mission is to engage children in cross-cultural communication and understanding, inspiring them to preserve the diversity of life on earth. The non-profit fulfills this mission by creating leading-edge learning activities and educational resources to help children around the world learn about nature, the environment, resources, and each other. http://www.GLOBIO.org.