Original Artwork. Ink and graphite on paper. 59.4 x 42cm
Artist: Otto Schade
The ASIAN ELEPHANT drawing hopes to put in the spotlight elephants from this part of the world, often unreported compared to their African cousins. Asian elephants are at risk in some parts of Asia and their number in decline due to habitat loss for example.
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Asia is the world’s most densely populated continent and a huge percentage of the elephants’ former range has already been lost. And as the human population continues to grow, the species’ remaining habitat is shrinking fast.
Large development projects (such as dams, roads, and mines), agricultural plantations and expanding human settlements have also fragmented elephant habitat. Wild elephant populations are now mostly small, isolated and unable to mingle as ancient migratory routes are cut off by human settlements.
Elephant poaching is not as severe a threat as it is in Africa, but Asian elephants are still killed for their tusks, meat and skin. They’re also taken from the wild for the live elephant trade – primarily going to Thailand for the tourism industry. (Source: WWF)
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“We are losing elephants at an alarming rate and especially in Asia. I support organisations such as Elephant Family who recognises that the importance to protect Asian elephants is often understated. Many charities focus on the larger elephant families in Africa. The charity’s aim is to challenge it. I hope this ASIAN ELEPHANTS drawing helps raising awareness.”