COEXISTENCE AT BICESTER VILLAGE
16 May – 10 June
Inspired by their real-life cousins in the wild, each of the elephants has been created by a team of artisans from a partnership between The Real Elephant Collective and Elephant Family deep in the forests of Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Creating these sculptures provides livelihoods for local families who share their landscape with elephants and also directly benefits local wildlife such a tigers, leopards and elephants in the surrounding forest by clearing lantana.
Come and admire the Bicester Village herd and support the preservation of one of nature’s greatest icons by donating in-Village, or visit the ‘Celebrating India’ concept store to find out how to join The Matriarch Club – a powerful alliance of adventurous people raising funds for Asia’s endangered elephants. Across Asia, elephants live in landscapes transformed and populated by humans. From India to Vietnam, roads and railways dissect traditional elephant migratory routes. Tea and coffee plantations have replaced forest habitats. In the last fifty years, their population has been slashed in half and 90 percent of their natural territory has vanished, leaving Asia’s 47,000 elephants and many other species coexisting with humans closer than ever before. Along with the ever escalating space threat, poaching and skin trade continue to rise.
Elephant Family is a dynamic non-profit deeply connected with the wildness of nature, who are on a mission to save a forgotten species from extinction by raising funds through art and adventure. Particularly focused on human-wildlife coexistence, Elephant Family looks out for both elephants and human families, funding pioneering projects across Asia to reconnect forest fragments, prevent conflict and fight wildlife crime.
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