For many years we have been involved with the Save Elephant Foundation (formerly Elephant Nature Foundation) based at the Elephant Nature Park in the Mae Taeng Valley, just north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Save Elephant Foundation supports Asian elephants that have been abused or neglected, by providing a safe haven and a caring atmosphere at the Park where the elephants are rehabilitated both mentally and physically. The foundation also educates local people on the humane ways of caring for their elephants in order to change people's perceptions of elephant handling for the future.
We have been very impressed by the work of the foundation, and in particular of their founder Lek Chailert, and want to do more to help them save these magnificent creatures. We can do this by offering the Save Elephant Foundation financial donations which can go towards many essential things such as the facilities at the Park, the caring of the elephants, educational awareness etc..
In addition to supporting the Save Elephant Foundation, we have extended our financial assistance to two other UK based elephant charities that concentrate on helping elephants in other parts of the world. To help the plight of African elephants we are contributing through David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation toward projects in Uganda and Zambia, whilst in India and other parts of South East Asia we are supporting some of the many projects run by Elephant Family.
All three of these selected organisations promise to ensure that 100% of all monies donated by Loud Elephant are channelled, in full, directly to whichever of their many projects that we feel would benefit elephants most.
We will be regularly updating this website with information on how our donations have been used, detailing the work that these great charities are doing, their latest ventures and the progress of these magnificent creatures.
Elephant Parade is a Social Enterprise that was founded in 2006 by father and son, Marc and Mike Spits, to help raise money for elephant conservation, and in particular elephant hospitals. Marc and Mike were moved by the plight of a baby elephant named Mosha who had lost a leg after stepping on a landmine, and held their first exhibition in their native Netherlands in 2007. In 2008 Mosha became the first elephant to receive a prosthetic leg and has since gone from strength to strength!
Elephant Parade has run exhibitions all around the world raising awareness of the issues facing elephants through art. Each exhibition features a display of between 30 and 250 elephant statues that have each been decorated by an artist or celebrity. The elephant statues are then auctioned off with the majority of the funds going towards elephant conservation and awareness projects.
Elephant Family recently teamed up with Elephant Parade to help them raise awareness by promoting the auction of the Elephant Parade UK Tour elephants. After hearing about this we had to get involved! Now we own one of these magnificent elephant statues, meet Spirit....
Spirit was designed by TV presenter Alex Jones and designer Mercy Delta for the UK National Tour 2014. Alex has been quoted as saying "The Elephant Parade national tour is a vibrant and creative public art initiative that is in aid of such a good cause and is also accessible to so many people across the UK." And we totally agree, what a great way to raise awareness for such an important cause, we're very glad to be able to play a part!
You can get your own Limited Edition Elephant Parade replica elephants from us here.... don't worry though, they're all of a much more manageable size!
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