Wednesday, August 12, 2015


To mark World Elephant Day (August 12th), here's an earlier sketch I did entitled "IN REVERENCE", based on Gregory Colbert’s amazing collection of photography, Ashes and Snow.

Why World Elephant Day?

Because the world’s elephants are in trouble and need our help. Elephant numbers have dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts, leaving only 400,000 remaining. An insatiable lust for ivory products in the Asian market makes the illegal ivory trade extremely profitable, and has led to the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants.

The Asian elephant, whose habitat ranges over 13 countries across Asia, is an endangered species with less than 40,000 remaining worldwide – less than a tenth of the African elephant population. Wild Asian elephants suffer severe habitat loss in some of the most densely human-populated regions on the planet. Their traditional territories and migration routes have been fragmented by development, highways and industrial mono-crops such as palm oil and rubber tree plantations, which has destroyed millions of hectares of forest ecosystems. With no access to their natural habitat, elephants are forced into deadly confrontations with humans where neither species wins.

To find out more about what you can do to help this wonderful, ancient and majestic animal, please click the World Elephant Day logo:

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