Elephant Parade is the organization behind the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. It was founded by father and son Marc and Mike Spits.
While on holidays in Thailand, in 2006 Marc met a baby elephant named Mosha, who had lost part of her leg after stepping on a landmine. Mosha inspired Marc and Mike to create Elephant Parade.
Marc and Mike said: “We wanted to help Mosha and create a structure that would be profitable in the long run. This is the only way in which we can provide the elephant a sustainable future”.
Today, Elephant Parade is a social enterprise that runs the world’s largest decorated elephant exhibition. The life-size, baby elephant statues, painted by artists and celebrities, are exhibited internationally and to awareness of elephant conservation.
Although Elephant Parade is temporarily closed during the coronavirus precautionary measures, they continue to be active through online channels and social media. In this way, Mosha’s story lives on, with the vibrant art inspiring people to stay positive during this current crisis.
For people of all ages, there are also paint sets that include a white elephant, paints and brushes.