In order to raise awareness of the plight of the Asian elephant, The Duchess of Cornwall and the Elephant Family have created a game to see if any eagle-eyed Clarence House Instagram followers have been able to spot the elephants (Ellies) that have been hidden in photos recently.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have been joint Presidents of Elephant Family since September 2014, a charity that works to help save the Asian elephant from extinction.

The Ellies at Clarence House
The Ellies make an appearance at Clarence House

Now is your chance to see if you can spot the majestic mammals that have been hidden throughout Her Royal Highness's engagements this year! See if you can spot the elephants in our Find Ellie Gallery (there is one elephant in each photo) and click to the next photo to see the answer.

Find Ellie Gallery

 

Make sure you look at the rest of the page to find some fascinating elephant facts and become a real elephant expert! 

The Asian Elephant: Fast Facts

1. In the same way that humans tend to be right-handed or left-handed, elephants can be right-tusked or left-tusked. Their dominant tusk is easy to identify, because it will be more worn down than the less dominant tusk.

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2. The Asian elephant is slightly smaller than its African cousin. Asian elephants can be identified by their smaller, rounded ears.

3. Elephants eat roots, grasses, fruit, and bark, and they eat a lot of these things. An adult elephant can consume up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of food in a single day.

4. An Asian elephant's skin ranges from dark grey to brown, with patches of pink on the forehead, the ears, the base of the trunk and the chest.

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5. There are only between 35,000 to 50,000 Asian elephants left in the wild.

6. An elephant's trunk is actually a long nose with many functions. It is used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking, and also for grabbing things—especially a potential meal.

7. The Sumatran elephant is the most endangered of the three Asian elephant subspecies with as few as 1,700 left today.

8. Female elephants (cows) live in family herds with their young, but adult males (bulls) tend to roam on their own.

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9. In the last 100 years Asian elephants’ habitat has shrunk by over 90%

10. Elephants are the only mammals aside from humans to have chins!

Elephant Family is a charity dedicated to saving the endangered Asian elephant from extinction and all other species that share its habitat.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall became Joint Presidents of the conservation charity in 2014. It was founded by The Duchess of Cornwall's late brother Mark Shand. 

 

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales said at an Elephant Family event:

As Joint Presidents of this marvellous charity Elephant Family my wife and I could not be more proud to support their vital work. After all, we are all here to ensure that dear Mark's hard-won legacy is maintained and enhanced.

Since the charity was created, Elephant Family has achieved dozens of conservation milestones that are helping safeguard the lives of the endangered Asian elephant.

From exposing illegal trade in elephant calves to stopping developers in their tracks, Elephant Family’s success represents new hope for Asia’s elephants, their habitat and communities living alongside them.

Find out more about the Elephant Family charity by visiting their website. Click here!

During The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall's visit to South East Asia, Their Royal Highnesses visited an Elephant Parade, made of 101 decorated elephant sculptures.

In New Delhi on 8th November 2017, Their Royal Highnesses attended the special event which saw the beautifully painted sculptures lined up in in the garden of the British High Commissioner's Residence. The Elephant Parade aimed to raise the profile of the plight of the Asian elephant.

 

In February 2018, the 101 elephant sculptures travelled to Mumbai to draw attention to the Elephant Family’s mission, which funds projects across Africa and invests where help is needed most: to protect habitat, prevent conflict and reconnect the forest homes of the endangered Asian elephant. As development in India increases with more roads, power lines, railways and human settlements, the funds needed are crucial to ensure a brighter future for both elephants and people who share the same land.

The colourful elephants will go on display in iconic locations in Mumbai during March 2018.

The Duchess hides among the elephant sculpture
The Duchess with the elephant sculptures