Well, I guess they’re preferable to pigeons…
Elephants are quietly having a moment in 2019, with a colourful herd having already provided a neat diversion in Elephant Park. Now, a new herd (or memory, if you want to get fancy) is roaming the plains of Marble Arch – and it’s all to raise awareness of orphaned elephants in east Africa.
Created by artist-activists Gillie and Marc, the bronze pachyderms are in place to support the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, who help to rescue elephants affected by poaching, as well protecting habitats and ecosystems in Kenya. Twenty-one elephants – twenty baby elephants and one mother – are currently perched next to Marble Arch, with each baby elephant representing an orphaned elephant cared for by the charity.
By displaying the herd, the artists and charity hope to bring attention to the threats faced by elephants in the wild, and encourage people to donate or adopt an elephant in order to support conservation efforts. They’ll be in place until December 2020, and we reckon they’re a lovely addition to the capital!
Featured image: @kellys_instaworld
Also published on Medium.