The Elephant Parade Story
The Elephant Parade is a well-established and respected colourful outdoor public art exhibition that travels the world showing and selling their unique Elephant sculptures. These stunning lifelike models have been created and decorated by a variety of talented local and international artists, designers and celebrities.
Once moulded the sculptures are then individually hand painted by skilled professional fine art craftsmen and women in the Elephant Parade art-studio located in Thailand. All designs are limited in the total made so each one is clearly numbered and certified as such - a strictly limited edition. Packed carefully with all their documentation into a quality black gift box the models are then offered for sale with part of the net proceeds from your purchase being donated to various official charities and foundation all working to save Asian elephants especially, see below.
Why not first take a moment to have a look at this short video to find out more about the Elephant Parade and to see the valuable work being done to support the Asian Elephant:
SO LET'S HELP TO SAVE OUR ELEPHANTS - WE CAN YOU KNOW, EVEN FROM FAR AWAY
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.
So why not be part of it… it’s so easy!
When you buy your Elephant Parade Limited Edition Sculpture then you are directly helping Elephant Parade with their ongoing Welfare and Conservation projects. Currently Elephant Parade is supporting eleven projects in eight elephant range countries which includes giving financial, material and technical assistance to:
Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE), Lampang, Thailand
Here operates the world’s first hospital for elephants. Amazingly over 3,900 cases of sick and injured elephants have been treated here since its opening in 1993. Famously this wonderful hospital has now been home to Mosha for many years, she was the inspiration to begin the Elephant Parade crusade. At the age of 7 months, Mosha lost her leg from a landmine explosion on the Myanmar-Thai border and then became the first elephant to be fitted with a prosthetic leg.
Here high level veterinary treatment is provided to working elephants who are suffering from either illness or injury. The elephants are helped and supported either by ElephantAsia’s own hospital or via their amazing and functional mobile elephant clinics.
Manas National Park, India
This is a much needed research program seeking and trialling ways to improve, solve and eradicate the many and on-going Human-Elephant conflict issues.
Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC), Myanmar
Here, ways to protect elephants in their natural and wild habitat are developed in concert with local people and communities.
Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE), Myanmar
Targeted health care support specifically aimed at the 2800 logging elephants still working today. Support is mainly through Mobile Elephant Clinics, attending to injuries in the field and supporting the release of logging elephants back into the forest to live free and natural life.
Project Sabah (Kinabatangan), Malaysia
Here the team focuses on the rescue, translocation and tracking of wild elephants via specialist, and expensive, satellite collars helping to prevent elephants from straying into plantations and possibly being killed.
Wildlife and Nature conservation Trust, Tamilnadu, India
Here the focus is on developing elephant conservation awareness programs, involving the local community and encouraging them to implement activities and understandings that lead to a better protection of, and relationship with, the elephants.
Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, Assam, India
Supportive and specialised veterinary treatment for the 1303 trained elephants in Assam including the 134 elephants which are engaged in anti-poaching duty in National Parks and Wildlife sanctuaries of Assam.
Veterinary Society for Sumatran Wildlife Conservation
This is an Elephant Health Care Program that offers veterinary care as well as official and professional training for mahouts.
Elephant Conservation Center at the Phnom Tamau Wildlife Rescue Center, Cambodia
A centre that produces and distributes a vast range of educational and awareness materials at it’s rescue center.
So far there have been over 1,200 unique elephant parade sculptures created since the first parade took place in Rotterdam back in 2007. Elephants have been designed by a wide range of upcoming and established artists and celebrities, including Katy Perry, Lulu, Ricky Gervais and Richard Branson to name but a few. Limited edition replicas of these designs, each one handcrafted and supplied with a certificate of authenticity, are available to purchase via the homeArama webstore, in fact we have the largest collection available in the UK!
Other great Elephant Charities to support: