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Elephant Parade in London

Updated on March 1, 2012

Every now and then my friend and I exchange emails updating each other on what we did over the weekend and one morning I received an email with lovely photos attached of beautifully painted Elephants that were so colorful it instantly put a smile on my face. In the email I was told that my friend took those pictures when she participated in an event in London that involved going around the city and looking for these life-sized elephants.

I decided to read up more about this and found out some interesting information which I would love to share with you.

The Elephant Parade in London

This Elephant Parade in London is part of a conservation campaign that focuses attention on the urgent crisis faced by the endangered Asian Elephant. The parade involves having 258 brightly and beautifully painted elephants placed all across London. People spend the day hunting elephants to see how many they can find as a way of raising awareness to the plight that is face by the endangered Asian elephants. This parade is as a result of the work by ELEPHANT FAMILY . This event takes place during the months of May to July 2010 and is recorded as London's biggest outdoor art event thus far. It was founded by a father and son team - Mike and Marc Spits.

The Elephants

According to the Elephant Parade London website, each elephant is decorated by a different artist or celebrity. This would mean that the elephants are painted based on their own individual ideas and creativity. Since the elephants are placed all around the city, they help to brighten up and beautify the place, enhancing the parks and street corners. These beautiful elephants will be auctioned off at the end of the conservation event during June 24th to July 4th, 2010 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. For those of you in London, why not go and see if you can bid for one of these unique treasures? I think they would look great in someone's front or backyard if you have one!

These photos below are all courtesy my friend and belong to her - photos taken by Nadira Kowlessar, 2010. 

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I came across this blog which has lots and lots of photos of the elephants so you should definitely go check it out there and they noted here that you can purchase miniature versions of the elephants from this site - Elephant Parade webshop.

The group - Elephant Family

The Elephant Family group work towards saving the Asian elephant from extinction in the wild. It is a small but ambitious charity group, registered in 2002. The Elephant Parade is one of the best opportunities out there to help raise both awareness and money for the cause.

About the Asian Elephant

So what about the animals that sparked this whole effort? Well the Asian elephant is a magnificent creature that is on the brink of extinction as a result of massive habitat loss. There has been a population decline by 90% over the last 100 years. The urgency comes from predictions that in the next 30 years these wonderful animals might vanish altogether.

The petition

After reading all about this cause and the huge efforts that are taking place to raise awareness and draw attention to the plight of the Asian elephant I ended up signing the online petition which will go towards getting governments to act before it's too late. So go check out the website and sign the

petition here too! PLEASE!

There are present 8,929 signatures. I am sure we can do better than that!


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      Leandraluv 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I agree Ddraigcoch!

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      Emma 6 years ago from UK

      Those Elephants are fantastic x

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      Leandraluv 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Tristand don't think about it ... go ahead and sign it! :-) Just do it!

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      tristand 7 years ago

      I love the idea of this... time to sign the petition I think!

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      Leandraluv 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey North wind.. sorry I am now responding to this... that's okay. I'm usually out of the loop as well - only heard about it from my friend who lives in London!

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      North Wind 7 years ago from The World (for now)

      Great Hub! I never knew about this parade but then again I am always or mostly always out of the loop!

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      Leandraluv 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      No problem nadie! I am very thankful for the lovely photos from a wonderful friend. If it wasn't for the pictures I would not have known anything about the Asian Elephants!

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      nadie 7 years ago

      Oh thanks Lee for getting more of us aware of the plight of the elephants! I’ve logged on and signed the petition! I plan to go to the Elephant store, make a donation and buy a miniature elephant :) They put a smile on my face every time I see them around London…but it was good for us to learn what they actually stand for!

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      Leandraluv 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      hey heymcs. Yeah when I got those pics from my friend - that was the first time I heard about it and I loved her pictures so that's how I got an idea for the hub and then found out whilst doing research about the petition. I hope others sign it too! Thanks for stopping by!

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      heymcs 7 years ago from Utah and DC

      Awesome hub - beautiful pictures - so glad you brought this to my attention. I hope more people will sign the petition.