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October 25, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The looming extinction of the Asian elephant population seems to be unheard of in the U.S. — that is, until a herd of life-size baby elephant sculptures set foot in Southern California for Elephant Parade: Welcome to America

Wells Fargo Private Bank, Grand Patron sponsor of the international conservation campaign, is showcasing a sneak peek of seven custom designs at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE from October 23-25.

LA03378Experts report a 90% reduction of the Asian Elephant population over the last 100 years.  At this rate, this majestic mammal would be extinct within a few short decades. Elephant Parade is a social-enterprise on a global crusade to raise awareness of the Asian elephants’ dramatic plight. After stops in London, Milan Singapore and other cities around the globe, the creative cause has raised more than $6 million through merchandise and auction sales to help support the species.

The L.A. LIVE installation includes designs from Khloe Kardashian, Andre Miripolsky, Sona Mirzaei and Laura Seeley as well as the newest elephant to join the herd from Richard Saul Wurman, creator of the globally-acclaimed TED conferences. This colorful cast joins a long list of acclaimed artists, international icons and local designers all coming together to raise awareness for the cause.

Each of these exceptional artworks  — along with over 80 other elephant sculptures currently on free public display in Dana Point through November 16 — are available for purchase with part of the proceeds benefiting The Asian Elephant Foundation to support conservation efforts in 13 range countries across Asia.

On November 17, at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point, the closing Grand Auction will offer art lovers and elephant supporters the chance to bid and own one of their favorite Elephant from the collection.

“Our goal is generating public awareness and support for the cause of elephant conservation,” said Mike Spits, co-founder of Elephant Parade. “Our American launch in Dana Point has had tremendous support from corporate, celebrity and community partners across Southern California. For all involved, the focus is now on the sale and auction of these one-of-a-kind Elephants to raise funds for The Asian Elephant Foundation.”

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