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Elephant Family Observations

Updated on July 6, 2011

Elephants in London

During the summer of 2010 visitors to London will have been surprised to see that it was visited by a herd of some 250 art elephants spread out over the central part of the city. Each one is the work of an individual artist and each is conveying a message. Every one of them is different from the other in the way that people are individuals. Each elephant is unique too.

The elephants have added a new dimension for tourists visiting London. This was something over and above the trips to the Tower of London or Buckingham Palace. There were elephants everywhere. They were in small herds in the parks or individually in shops, at the side of the road, on balconies...in fact they could appear practically anywhere.

Elephant tours were the trip of the day for many, especially but not only for those with young families. Each elephant could be appreciated as a work of art. Something wonderful.

Polka Dot

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But Why?

But why the elephants in London? To draw the attention to the plight of elephants in the wild. There cannot be a single resident or visitor to London who has not thought at least once about elephants during the summer of 2010. Many will have made the effort to find out more and some may have actually checked out the Elephant Parade and Elephant Family websites. The elephants in London may well have been one of the most successful promotions of all time.

Hearts a growing

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Elephants for sale

All of the elephants are for sale. All are definitely collectible. You can learn more by visiting the websites.

If you have not already done so take some time to visit the elephants before the summer is over and they migrate. 

Birds on back

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Colour

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Elephant hidden behind trees

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Skeleton

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Julia's Elephant

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Strawberry

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Pink

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Karma

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Dumbow

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Elephant hiding in the grass

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Elephants at Westfield

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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks Pamela - Yes elephants do paint. One of the most famous is one in Thailand (well there are several there who are exceptional). The brush strokes, choice of colours etc are all directed by subtle unseen movements from the elephant handler. Doing the same painting three to four times a day every day means an intelligent animal quickly picks up what is required and can 'perform' virtually unaided.....but it could not suddenly paint a duck or a bus. Very clever though!

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 7 years ago from Maui and Arizona

    Very interesting hub. Being that you have been involved with zoos, have you seen that youtube video of the elephant who paints? Do you think it is genuine -- that it is really an elephant being creative?

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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    Thank you for reading and viewing bloglog

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    bloglog 7 years ago

    thank you for sharing...I would have loved to have seen this wonderful display...I LOVE ELEPHANTS...they are the most intelligent creatures and very caring.

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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    i scribble - so many to choose from. I could have included dozens more but I thought the video gave a good idea of what there was to see.

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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    Hello, hello - right now it is worth touring London to see the elephants and nothing else and take in the streets along the way. Elephants are in big trouble.

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    i scribble 7 years ago

    You had me wondering what was up with this topic, before I saw the first pic. I like the one of elephant as a tree, the legs as tree trunks. And the one that depicts an elephant in another pose.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you, Peter, for drawing the attention to it. It is a good idea to focus the plight of the elephants.

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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    We had the cow parade in London too as I recall. I also saw it in other European cities....somehow though the elephants made a better show. Thanks for reading.

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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    Thank you dcasas. It was difficult to choose which photos to post as practically every one of the 250 elephants is worth a look.

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    Sandra Mireles 7 years ago from Texas

    This is a great hub. It reminded me of the cow parade here in Houston, Texas several years ago. Keep hubbing!

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    dcasas 7 years ago

    wow some truly beautiful pictures you have posted here. I love this hub

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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    I am glad you liked it eternaltreasures.