Three weeks ago on a sunny August afternoon in Dana Point, my husband and I strolled along Doheny State Beach when we suddenly found ourselves surrounded by elephants!
Artistically hand-painted Asian elephant sculptures, that is.
You might be wondering, why is there a herd of Asian elephant sculptures filling the beach?
You see, the Asian elephant is endangered and faces extinction in a few decades if action isn’t taken. Over the last 100 years, the Asian elephant habitat has shrunk by 95% and its population has decreased by over 90%. Due mainly to habitat destruction and increasing human population growth, the elephants’ homes have been turned into farms, plantations, towns, dams and highways. Poaching for ivory also remains a growing problem.
To help raise money for the charity The Asian Elephant Foundation, celebrities and famous artists lovingly painted their Asian elephant statues with their hearts, souls and personalities! The entire herd filled Doheny State Beach in celebration of the event. On November 17, select elephants will be up for auction to raise funds for the charity.
So pull up a chair and enjoy the 35 beautifully hand-painted elephants. I love them all, but one captured my heart…and I saved it for last.
So without further ado, let us begin…The Elephant Parade.
Ok so now here’s the fun part – which elephant was your favorite…and why?