I am super excited to be accompanying the Black Mambas on their night patrol this evening. I have no expectations as yet as who knows what’s in store! I’m guessing a lot of time they don’t know either given the unexpected and quickly changeable nature of their work.
CALLING ALL ELEPHANT LOVERS, CONSERVATIONISTS, ACTIVISTS, CHANGE MAKERS WHO DARE TO SAY “I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD”, IT’S TIME TO STAND UP FOR ELEPHANTS.
CURRENT POACHING RATES IN AFRICA
Holly Budge, adventurer, passionate conservationist and artist, founded How Many Elephants to make a powerful statement to the world declaring that we, as a global culture, we will no longer stand by and let our elephants be poached to extinction. Elephants are revered all over the world, though a minority of humans are intent on wiping out these iconic creatures.
How Many Elephants; Using Creativity to Close The Gap Between Scientific Data And Human Connection.
This multi award-winning exhibition displays the annual poaching rate in Africa of 35,040 elephants in a striking floor to ceiling display. A monochrome palette has ben used to reflect the indifference of these animals in their fate.
‘Part of the originality of this campaign is in our approach to avoid gruesome and shocking imagery to portray the facts. It is not about scaring people, it’s about sharing the enormity of the poaching crisis.’
Founder, Holly Budge
Four red light boxes represent the hourly death toll, with red symbolising the blood spilt already. The ’96 Elephants A Day’ Necklace is made in vegetable ivory, a sustainable plant-derived material from South America, and brass to present the daily poaching rate. The hand-cut brass elephant is a nod to the bullet shells commonly used by the poachers. One elephant is facing the other way to say there is still hope this crisis can be turned around.
This exhibition will travel to major cities around the world, including London, New York, Beijing and Hong Kong. The audiences’ reactions and comments will be documented and shared. The exhibition is a fully customisable, versatile model that can be installed in many spaces, independent of culture and language.
We are under no illusion that an individual alone can halt the ivory trade; this requires a much bigger effort from governments, NGO’s, commerce and the global community. The value of our work is in changing the culture of demand by converting, informing and educating people.
Together We Can Make a Difference!
UNITESIGN OUR PETITION HERE
The African elephant, the largest remaining land mammal on the planet, is facing the greatest crisis in decades. By signing our petition you are helping to make a difference.
"If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito."
It was a huge privilege to be invited to the local hospital where one of the mambas gave birth to a baby boy. The strong ties formed amongst these women is clear to see. They literally trust each other with their lives and the respect, strength and loyalty I witnessed is humbling.
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Night patrol is going well! 👊 Just heard impala and boy, it sounded like a lion in close proximity! 😱 False alarm!… https://t.co/7Va0BKPvTX
I am super excited to be going on night patrol with the Black Mambas. I have no expectations as yet, who knows what… https://t.co/Uh27hdqhRb