With global ivory trade having doubled since 2007, african elephants like so many other animals are facing increasing threats to survive. Populations in central Africa have been under high poaching pressure in the last decades, but now Eastern and Southern populations are under fire as well. Habitats in Africa are getting more and more fragmented under the expanding agriculture and urbanisation, which pushed this species into the 'Vulnerable' status on the IUCN Red List.
The proceeds of this artwork will go to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a wonderful wildlife conservation trust that is active on multiple locations across Kenya, working tirelessly to protect ecosystems and the wildlife within. One of their most important projects is rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants of which the parents were killed by poaching. This is a very well managed project, with caretakers that devote their entire lives to these animals.