Elephant Parade returns to London with 30 brightly painted elephant sculptures to help raise awareness and funds for endangered elephants!
That’s right Elephant Parade has returned to London for the third time! From now until the 18th of July 30 stunning hand-painted elephant statues will be decorating the capital with the aim of raising awareness and funds for the endangered elephants. Want to see the elephants for yourself? Follow this link, http://bit.ly/EPLondonMap – happy ellie spotting!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Elephant Parade, they are a social enterprise and they run the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. Created by artists and celebrities, each Elephant Parade statue is a unique art piece. The life-size, baby elephant statues are exhibited in international cities around the globe to raise awareness and funds for elephant welfare and conservation efforts.
How Elephant Parade started
The story of The Elephant Parade revolves around Mosha, a female elephant who lost a leg to a landmine when she was just a baby.
That was way back in 2006 and it was then that The Elephant Parade was founded by father and son Marc and Mike Spits. Shortly after, in 2008, Mosha became the first ever baby elephant in the world to receive a prosthetic leg. Mosha, her name means ‘Star’ in the Karen language spoken in the Thai-Burma region, is a universal example of bravery and the ability to overcome even the greatest obstacles. It is her spirit that has been the driving force behind the Elephant Parade’s work and efforts up to this day.
Read our previous blog post Elephant Parade: What’s It All About and for more information about how Elephant Parade started.
Why Elephants need our help
It is common knowledge that both the African and the Asian elephant are seriously endangered and desperately in need of our help. The rapid loss of their natural habitat, ongoing illegal ivory poaching and human-elephant conflict are the biggest issues threatening our beautiful elephants.
FACT – 33,000 African elephants are killed each year which basically means 1 elephant dies every 15 minutes, mainly from illegal poaching which could be stopped.
FACT – Right now as you read this there are already less than 50,000 Asian elephants left. In the last 100 years, and remember that is only going back to the 1910’s, their natural habitat has shrunk by 95% and their population has declined by 70%, both could now be stopped and even better reversed.
FACT – Elephants are commonly known as the “gardeners of the earth”, our earth, with many other species of plants and animals depending on those same elephants for their own lives. So if we allow elephants to disappear then many, many other species would quickly follow.
FACT – The elephant will actually vanish, or in a harsher word it will become extinct, within 30 years from now if we do not do something right now.
Elephant Parade is committed to raising funds to make a difference and to help save elephants. And you can be part of it.
Elephant Parade returns to London
For the London Parade this year, Elephant Parade have teamed up Elephant Family, a small dynamic NGO on a mission to save the Asian Elephants from extinction and who have the royal seal of approval as their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, are joint presidents of the charity. To read more about the Elephant Family and their charitable efforts, click here.
This years parade is labelled ‘from India with love’ and is set to throw a kaleidoscope of colour across the city this summer while driving home a strong conservation message for the protection of Asia’s endangered elephants. The 30 fabulous five-foot Elephant Parade sculptures will be dotted throughout London until the 18th July, raising awareness and looking for new homes. As you will have the opportunity to bid on your favourite elephant sculpture online until the 18th July when the auction closes! These stunning elephant artworks are perfect for brighten your home, office or garden, and not only are you gaining a unique piece of art but you are also bringing us closer to securing a safe future for Asian elephants. Follow this link to see more information about each elephant sculpture, such as the artist and inspiration behind the design.
How you can help
As you have read above you can buy one of the 30 large elephant statues currently displayed in London at auction. However that is not the only way you can help the elephants. Elephant Parade also have a select range of 10cm, 15cm, 20cm, 30cm & 75cm mini replicas of the larger exhibition models that have been displayed around the world during the parades. Each mini replica is a unique piece of art; as each one is hand-painted, numbered as part of a limited edition, and comes with a certificate of authenticity. 20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects, so that means that each mini Elephant Parade replica you buy helps raise funds for the Asian Elephants!
With over 100 unique designs available you are bound to find an ellie perfect for you! They make for a unique gift for any occasion; from birthdays to christenings to weddings to house warming gifts and even leaving presents! Here at homeArama we are an official Elephant Parade stockist and have the largest collection in the UK; you can shop the range here. Prices start from £37.95 for a 10cm model to £1845.95 for a 75cm model.
You can even get a mini Mosha replica – I mean how cute is that!?
You can also make a donation to Elephant Family online and join the effort to save one the world’s most magnificent and threatened creatures. Click here to make donate.
Thanks for reading and let us know if you go to visit the Elephants in London! 🙂