After so many requests from you guys, I gave in and earlier this week launched the BRAND-NEW Elephant collection! All these requests got me thinking “what’s so special about an elephant?”. Turns out, they’re pretty special and play an important part in conservation.
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Learning How to Draw Elephants
Trusting Elephant Anatomy
If I’m being completely honest with you, I was so incredibly nervous to launch this new collection. I think it was because I had been asked to draw elephants so many times, I just wanted to do them justice. I did often wonder what’s so special about an elephant, but after spending so much time studying them, I think I finally understand. Maybe next year I’ll do an Asian Elephant to match?
The Importance of Elephant Conservation
According to the WWF, it is estimated that between 40,000 – 50,000 Asian Elephants and 415,00 African Elephants remain in the wild. Why are elephants endangered? It is well-know that because of human-greed elephants have long been hunted for their ivory tusks. Despite an international ban on Ivory Trade, its value on the black market is only increasing.
If you ask me, nobody will ever wear ivory better than Elephants.
What’s so special about an Elephant?
Despite being a legend, Elephants do dig for water using their tusks during drought. By doing so, they give other animals access to water during these tough times. In the forest, when elephants eat they create gaps in the vegetation which lets new plants grow. Finally, many plants depend solely on elephants to spread their seeds through their dung. Without Elephants, many other species would suffer too.
What’s going on in the world of Elephant Conservation
However, this good news followed some very sad news. It is thought that 350 elephants died in Botswana between May and June this year. Scientists in Zimbabwe think it is a result of ingesting high levels of a neurotoxin produced by algae found in the watering holes. Although it’s not conclusive, they believe climate change has helped this type of algae to flourish and produce abnormally high levels of the toxin.
It’s been pretty up and down in the world of elephant conservation right now. More than ever, we need to support those working in the field, which is why I decided to listen to you all, and launch an Elephant Collection.
How can we help save elephant conservation?
Like all Pigments by Liv collections, this collection was inspired by nature to give back to nature. Therefore, 10% of profits based on the volume of sales from the elephant collection will be donated to the Tsavo Trust. By shopping the collection, you will be helping to save the elephants.
About the Tsavo Trust
“Tsavo Trust is an action orientated, field-based, Kenyan not-for-profit conservation organisation that works to give the wildlife and people of Tsavo the right to a future.”
Why the Tsavo Trust?
When I am looking for a charity to pair a collection with, I want to be certain that the funds raised by the collection always go back to the protection and conservation of the animal that inspired it. That’s what I mean when I say “Inspired by nature to give back to nature.”
Although the Tsavo Trust works tirelessly to protect all the wildlife found in Tsavo, I found their logo to be very inspiring. It pictures a super-tusker. A super-tusker is an elephant that’s tusks weigh more than 100lb each. In the animal kingdom, they are royalty, considered to be very wise, and treated with the utmost respect.
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‘Til next time!
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