E L E P H A N T original study

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E L E P H A N T original study

52.22

African Forest Elephant study

5x7”

Graphite on hand tea-dyed paper

comes framed, signed on front and back, and sprayed with fixative to prevent smudging

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African Elephants are still being poached in large numbers despite the 1989 ban on international trade of their ivory tusks (China is the biggest consumer for items carved out of their ivory tusks). Approx. 100 Elephants are killed each day by poachers. insane. the world is losing more Elephants than the population can reproduce. Elephant habitat continues to decline as the population of humans increase, and agriculture extends into forests/rangelands that were once considered unsustainable for farming. Elephants create / maintain the ecosystems in which they live. losing elephants greatly affects many species that depend on the ecosystems they maintain. the structure / diversity of nature becomes weak, and chaos is created ~ 

it’s odd to think that human + animal contact has been causing so much harm for as long as it has, as if we don’t embody very special aspects of one another. as if they too, aren’t sacred teachers and guides to us humans. it’s disheartening that the honor and respect for animals have been lost within certain cultures. i have yet to come into physical contact with these beautiful creatures, but will be so glad when that day comes.

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