Elephant Parade® is a social enterprise and runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. Created by artists and celebrities, each Elephant Parade statue is a unique art piece. The life-size, baby elephant statues are exhibited in international cities and raise awareness for the need of elephant conservation.
Limited edition, handcrafted replicas and a select range of products are created from the exhibition elephants. 20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects.
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Elephant Parade was founded by father and son Marc and Mike Spits in 2006.
Whilst on holiday in Thailand, Marc met a baby elephant named Mosha, who had lost part of her leg after stepping on a landmine. Mosha inspired Marc and Mike to create Elephant Parade.
“WE WANTED TO HELP MOSHA & CREATE SOMETHING STRUCTURAL THAT WOULD BE PROFITABLE IN THE LONG RUN. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY IN WHICH WE CAN PROVIDE THE ELEPHANT WITH A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.”
The first Elephant Parade exhibition was held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 2007. Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital, Mosha’s home base in Lampang Thailand, was the first organization to receive contributions generated by Elephant Parade and structurally continues to receive funds for taking care of Mosha.
Mosha was just 7 months old when she suffered a landmine injury whilst walking near the Burmese border. This severe injury led to the loss of her leg under her knee which, unfortunately, puts extreme strain on the other three limbs and her spine as she continues to grow.
MOSHA WAS THE FIRST ELEPHANT IN THE WORLD TO RECEIVE & USE A PROSTHETIC LEG FUNCTIONALLY.
With the help of the prosthetic leg, she is able to walk, but requires a new mould every year that she grows. Elephants grow every year up to 20 years of age. These new fittings are a large effort and expense as they require continued pioneering in a new area of elephant and veterinary medicine.
Given the extent of her injury, Mosha will remain at FAE Elephant Hospital as a permanent resident
ELEPHANT PARADE IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE WITH A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF ART, BUSINESS & CONSERVATION.