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The Elephant Parade

Gayle Anderson was live at the Resorts of Dana Point, hosting the U.S. debut of the Elephant Parade, the world’s largest open-air exhibition featuring 30 life-sized elephant sculptures decorated by local and international artists to generate worldwide attention, public awareness and support for the endangered Asian elephant. The life-sized elephant sculptures are made of flame-retardant fiberglass, reinforced on the inside with steel rebar and weigh approximately 125 pounds. A handful of select designs from each event are selected for scaled-down reproductions of various sizes, as well as merchandising. Hand painted, the special, limited editions are sold online and at various events and locations in Dana Point.

During the last 100 years, the Asian Elephant population has shrunk by over 90%! In 1960, there were over 35,000 Asian elephants in Thailand. Today, less than 3,500 elephants remain of which only 1,500 live in the wild. The Elephant Parade was founded in 2006 by father and son team, Marc and Mike Spits. The exhibition was inspired by Mosha, a baby elephant they met in Thailand who lost her leg after stepping on an abandoned landmine. She became the world’s first baby elephant to be fitted with a prosthetic limb. Moved by her journey, the Spits created the Elephant Parade to raise global awareness and support for the Asian elephant population now threatened with extinction.

Activities for the Elephant Parade will kick off Friday, August 23rd where the collective herd will be showcased at Doheny Beach in Dana Point, CA. After that weekend, each elephant will find its individual home around Dana Point for ten weeks. Elephants will primarily be displayed in high-pedestrian, high-traffic locations including the harbor, local beaches, public parks, resort properties, etc. for all to see for FREE through Thursday, November 7th. From Sunday, November 10th through Saturday, November 16th, the collective herd will be brought back together at Lantern Bay Park. The elephants will then be auctioned to raise funds for The Asian Elephant Foundation on Sunday, November 17th at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. Through the sale of merchandise and auction of art pieces, the Elephant Parade has raised over $6 million for The Asian Elephant Foundation, which supports various conservation programs in 13 Asian countries. For more information on merchandise, visit the Elephant Parade website.

This art exhibition has traveled across the globe with past appearances in London, Singapore, Milan, Amsterdam and other major cities. More than 800 artists and celebrities have created original art pieces for the Elephant Parade, including Diane von Furstenberg, Isaac Mizrahi, Nina Campbell, Jack Vettriano, Kat Deely, Katy Perry and Lulu Guiness.

About Dana Point:

Conveniently located in South Orange County, halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, Dana Point boasts a breathtaking collection of resort properties with an approachable elegance unique to the Southern California shoreline. Renowned as a whale-watching capital of the world, Dana Point features an abundant marine life and legendary harbor that opens to an ocean of possibilities.

About The Asian Elephant Foundation:

The Asian Elephant Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports various projects and organizations throughout Asia, varying from (mobile) elephant hospitals to developing solutions for human-elephant conflicts, and thus supporting the well-being and the conservation of the Asian elephant. For more information, click HERE.

Friday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 25th
Elephant Parade Opening Ceremonies
Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

On Display through Thursday, November 7th
Elephant Parade Public Art Exhibition
FREE
Dana Point, CA 92629

Sunday, November 10th through Sunday, November 16th
Elephant Parade Closing Ceremonies
Lantern Bay Park
25111 Park Lantern Road
Dana Point, CA 92629

Sunday, November 17th
Elephant Parade Grand Auction
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
25135 Park Lantern Road
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 661-5000

The Asian Elephant Foundation
Kooltjesbuurt 11
1411 RZ Naarden Vesting
The Netherlands

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com.

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08/22/13

Elephant Parade – The Tour

Gayle Anderson was in Dana Point with a preview of the U.S. debut of the Elephant Parade, the world’s largest open-air exhibition featuring 30 life-sized elephant sculptures decorated by local and international artists to generate worldwide attention, public awareness and support for the endangered Asian elephant.

Gayle Anderson was in Dana Point with a preview of the U.S. debut of the Elephant Parade, the world’s largest open-air exhibition featuring 30 life-sized elephant sculptures decorated by local and international artists to generate worldwide attention, public awareness and support for the endangered Asian elephant.

Gayle Anderson was live from Dana Point with a preview of the U.S. debut of the Elephant Parade, the world’s largest open-air exhibition featuring 30 life-sized elephant sculptures decorated by local and international artists to generate worldwide attention, public awareness and support for the endangered Asian elephant.

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08/22/13

Elephant Parade- U.S. Debut

Gayle Anderson was live from Dana Point with a preview of the U.S. debut of the Elephant Parade, the world’s largest open-air exhibition featuring 30 life-sized elephant sculptures decorated by local and international artists to generate worldwide attention, public awareness and support for the endangered Asian elephant.

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