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.
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.
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 statues never go unnoticed by the wider public and media. Created by artists and celebrities, each Elephant Parade statue is a unique art piece. At the end of the exhibition, a number of statues are auctioned for the benefit of elephant welfare and conservation programs.
We believe that a business can contribute to creating a happier world. 20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects worldwide. We pledge to donate a minimum of € 50,000 per year.
Elephant Parade provides a structural and ongoing source of income for elephant welfare and conservation, making it possible to give elephants a fighting chance in the battle for space, dignity and survival. Our aim is to raise public awareness of these issues and support projects and organizations, which focus on:
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