She needs your support. In fact, a whole species does. Asian elephants are on the verge of extinction, and the commitment for their preservation started with special elephant known as Mosha. After stepping on an abandoned land mine, Mosha was fit with the world¹s first-ever prosthesis for a baby elephant. Her powerful strides inspired father and son duo, Mike and Marc Spits, to create Elephant Parade®in 2006. As a socially-conscious business enterprise, Elephant Parade has since rapidly grown from a grassroots movement into a global crusade combining a powerful mix of corporate, celebrity and community support. Through the sale of merchandise and auction of the original art pieces, the exhibition has raised over $6 million dollars to help support the world¹s most majestic land mammals and raise global awareness of issues affecting their dramatic plight.
The ART Side.
Elephant Parade is a FREE, city-wide, open-air art exhibition featuring dozens and dozens of life-size Asian elephant statues painted by renowned artists, dignitaries and celebrities. It¹s as simple as A-B-C. The more powerful the Art, the more successful the Business, and the more funds raised for the Charity.
The HEART Side.
Proceeds from Elephant Parade full-size exposition statue sales and an additional 20% of the Elephant Parade net profits are donated to The Asian Elephant Foundation (TAEF), an independent charity which financially supports and actively monitors projects for the welfare of the Asian elephants. Most of these projects are focused on supporting elephant hospitals and sanctuaries, developing solutions for the Œhuman-elephant conflict¹, and donating mobile elephant clinics to support local teams of specialized elephant doctors.
The Perfect Climate for a Powerful Cause.
Surrounded by waves of inspiration — dazzling sunshine, seven miles of golden coastline, and the pageantry of the Pacific Ocean — Dana Point was hand-picked to host Elephant Parade¹s first-ever appearance in the United States after successful exhibitions in London, Milan, Amsterdam and other global destinations. With a commitment to conservation and the preservation of the world¹s most majestic mammals including the variety of whales living seconds of the coastline Dana Point is thrilled for the opportunity to welcome the artistic spectacle of culture and creativity to the shores of Southern California.
Running out of space and time.
Scarce and exploited, this beloved animal is rapidly vanishing from our earth.
- Over the last 100 years, experts believe the Asian elephant habitat has shrunk by 95%, and its population has decreased by over 90%.
- In Thailand, where the elephant is the national symbol, reports indicate there are just 5,000 of the mammals in existence ‹ with only 2,000 of those surviving in the wild.
- Statistics reveal that the Asian elephant population decreases by 3.5% annually, so scientists confirm that without proper action, the species will become extinct in just a few short decades.