Earlier this week, four elephant sculptures arrived at The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.
The sculptures will form part of CoExistence, an environmental art campaign produced by Elephant Family which will see 125 life-size elephant sculptures migrate through London’s Royal Parks next summer.
The artisans who created the elephant sculptures are largely from the Adavasi tribal communities who live in close proximity to wild elephants.
The Prince and The Duchess are Joint Presidents of Elephant Family, a charity that works to save endangered Asian wildlife from extinction. The charity was founded by The Duchess’s late brother, Mark Shand.
CoExistence is a joint project between Elephant Family and The Real Elephant Collective and the funds raised from the sales of the sculptures will support innovative solutions to the growing conflict between humans and wildlife.
As human populations expand and natural habitats shrink, people and animals are fighting for food and space. In India, this is a conflict that on average ends in the death of one elephant and one person, every day.