Elephant Parade

In the period of 1st June - 25th August you will encounter elephants in the streets of Copenhagen. It happens when the Elephant Parade Copenhagen exhibited a number of art elephants painted by artists. Also at Rosenborg Castle a art elephant will be exhibited from 1st july. This elephant is painted by His Royal Highness The Prince Consort of Denmark, who is also the patronage of the Elephant Parade Copenhagen. Before 1st july the art elephant painted by The Prince Consort of Denmark will be exhibited at Copenhagen City Hall

Elephant Parade Copenhagen is part of a worldwide exhibition. Previously the Elephant Parades has been held in ex. Rotterdam (2007), Antwerp (2008), Amsterdam (2009) and London (2010).

Part of all benefits of Elephant Parade is donated to The Asian Elephant Foundation. This independent charity supports various projects throughout Asia, varying from elephant hospitals to the contiguity of land, where elephants have enough space to mate and live in peace.

Elephant Parade was founded by father and son, Marc and Mike Spits in 2006. Marc was inspired to create the Elephant Parade after meeting Soriada Salwala, founder of the world's first elephant hospital, during a holiday in Thailand. At the Elephant Hospital, located in Lampang, near Chiang Mai, Marc met the baby elephant Mosha, who had lost her leg after stepping on a landmine. That inspired Marc to start Elephant Parade.

"I wanted to do something structural, something that is profitable in
the long run. Only in that way we can provide the Asian elephant a future."
Marc Spits

On June 9th,2008, Mosha was the first baby elephant ever to receive a prosthetic leg, which was co-financed by Elephant Parade.

Elephant Parade proved to be hugely successful. In the past 3 years, over 7 million Euros have been raised at auctions throughout Europe. Over 4 million Euros were donated to charity. To date, hundreds of Asian elephants have been saved and cured, but there are still thousands of elephants that need our support. Over the last 100 years, the number of Asian elephants has decreased with 90%. Today, there are less than 35,000 Asian elephants left throughout Asia. Almost 150,000 Asian elephants died in the last 25 years. In Thailand there are just 4,000 elephants left, of which only 1,500 live in the wild. If we don't take action now, the Asian elephant will become extinct in a couple of decades.

The Opening of Elephant Parade Copenhagen takes place 1st June at the City Hall Square, Copenhagen with an exhibition of a number of art elephants and speeches by Mayor of Culture Pia Allerslev, founder of Elephant Parade Mike Spits and ZOO Vice Director Bengt Holst. 102 art elephants are part of the Elephant Parade Copenhagen exhibition. They can be found all over Copenhagen - and also one elephant at Rosenborg Castle.

After the exhibition the elephants are brought together for one big exhibition. On 9th September the elephants are auctioned at The Grand Auction galladinner at Scandic Copenhagen Hotel. From 1st June it is possible to bid for the elephants online through Bruun Rasmussen's website.

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