Elephant Family & Quintessentially Foundation
Celebrate a Year of Travels to my Elephant
The late and very great conservationist, Mark Shand once said ‘if there is no magic or passion in life, there is no point in doing anything’.
Travels to my Elephant, inspired by Mark Shand’s bestselling book, was a magnificent series of events throughout 2015 which raised £1.1 million for his beloved elephants.
Launched by Goldie Hawn a fleet of elephant infused rickshaws took over London’s streets before being auctioned at an event hosted by TRH The Prince of Wales and setting off on an epic journey across India to meet Mark’s real elephant, Tara.
The race represents a lifeline for the 1,700 elephants in Assam, North East India – one of the most important populations left in the world today. In contrast to the rickshaws, these elephants can’t get from A to B.
Land is being carved up for industry; their paths have become obstacle courses and a battle for space and food. Poor subsistence farmers are losing their livelihoods. Road rage from a herd of starving elephants is no place to bring up a family.
This year the fleet of rickshaws became an artistic explosion for Asia’s elephants, shining a multi-coloured spotlight on their plight. Travels to my Elephant funds a modern day conservation + humanitarian solution that works: Elephant Corridors.
Elephant Corridors are like bridges between islands – they reconnect forest fragments. They allow elephants and other animals to feed and move freely, unthreatened by humans, farms, roads or railway lines.
The campaign aims to raise a total of £1 million, which will go towards securing a series of pioneering elephant corridors in Asia and other Elephant Family projects.
Travels to my elephant was born out of the inspirational journey Mark Shand had with Tara who became the star of his best-selling book Travels on my Elephant.