ELEPHANTS RACING EXTINCTION
DESIGN FOR WILDLIFE
Holly Budge, founder of ‘How Many Elephants’, is inspiring and educating a global audience about the devastating impacts of the elephant ivory trade.
Few people know that 96 African elephants are poached each day for their ivory. At this astonishing rate they will be extinct in the wild in the next decade. Holly is a passionate conservationist and artist using design to bridge the gap between scientific data and human connection. Design thinking has shown to be a powerful methodology in the public and private sector yet it has not been widely utilised in the field of wildlife conservation. ‘How Many Elephants’ is using design as a powerful visual communication tool.
‘Part of the originality of this campaign is in my approach to avoid gruesome and shocking imagery to portray the facts. It is not about scaring people, it’s about sharing the sheer scale of the poaching crisis. To actually see and connect with this data visually is very impactful.’
Founder, Holly Budge
‘The ‘How Many Elephants’ Campaign is innovative in the way it displays the elephant poaching statistics in a purely visual way. To see 35,000 elephant graphics on a wall is both shocking and impactful, and is a great way of raising awareness of the sheer scale of the poaching problem in Africa. Holly is a passionate individual and is using her creative and adventurous endeavours to make a really positive contribution.’
Co-founder of Wilderness Safaris and Great Plains Conservation, Colin Bell
If you want to help but don’t know how, we can offer you some suggestions. Your support enables How Many Elephants to make a difference to elephant conservation and anti poaching projects in Africa. Your support has direct impact.
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. We are petitioning for rural African communities living next to the National Parks to see benefit from the tourism and the wildlife alive.
JOIN OUR VISUAL PETITION!
Colour an elephant to join our visual petition. It’s a modern take on the traditional ‘signature on a piece of paper’ petition. It’s a powerful statement declaring that ‘we’, as a global culture, will no longer stand by and let elephants be poached to extinction. To join our herd, simply download and colour in an elephant here, then upload your masterpiece to #howmanyelephants.
HERE'S SOME OF OUR PETITION FAVES!
INITIATIVES WE SUPPORT
We are currently working with the following direct action ‘on the ground’ initiatives who are doing incredible work on the front line of conservation. Every penny we raise for these initiatives is accounted for and is making an impact.
BLACK MAMBAS APU
We feel passionate about supporting the courageous work of the Black Mambas, South Africa’s first and only all female front line anti poaching team. These pioneering women are protectors, educators and beacons of hope. Armed only with pepper spray and handcuffs, they patrol hunting grounds of armed poachers who pose an imminent threat to the elephant species.
VICTORIA FALLS WILDLIFE TRUST
The work of Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust is multifaceted; They rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife harmed by people. They study wildlife to find scientific solutions for long term conservation. They use scientific and veterinary techniques to tackle wildlife management problems and they find sustainable solutions for communities and wildlife to co-exist.
NATIONAL PARK RESCUE
National Park Rescue runs a large-scale conservation operation in a Zimbabwe national park which has lost all of its rhinos and 75% of elephants due to the poaching epidemic. Furthermore, the area has lost its tourism trade, with only around 100 visitors a year, most of which are from wildlife organisations. The charity has raised a lot of public awareness.
How Many Elephants founder, Holly Budge, is a adventurer and passionate conservationist. She was quite literally on top of the world when she summited Mount Everest to raise awareness and funds for wildlife conservation. To date, she has helped raise over £300k for a diverse range of initiatives. She founded ‘How Many Elephants’ whilst studying for a masters in Sustainable Design to raise awareness of the plight of elephants in Africa and funds for anti-poaching projects. Recently, Holly immersed herself with the Black Mambas, an all female front line anti-poaching team in South Africa and documented this on film. She is a noted speaker who has spoken around the world about design, wildlife conservation and adventure. A partial list of her past speaking engagements are listed below. Holly spoke at the Conservation Lab in Stellenbosch, a world-class conference “calling on the sharpest minds in conservation, travel, technology, behavioral sciences, philanthropy, government and community to share ideas, pool resources and expertise that lead to informed decisions and more effective action.” To book Holly as a speaker for your event, click here or read more here.
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