You know those elephants that spend their free time painting beautiful works of art? If not, allow me to blow your mind by sending you to this video. For those already sufficiently awed by this animal talent, let me next tell you about an organization called The Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project. This non-profit works with those domesticated artsy elephants to raise funds through donations and the sale of artwork. All of the cash is then used to protect elephant habitat and help save those few still living in the wild.
Anyways, these guys just don’t paint wall pieces — they’re also quite clever at fashion too. This past Friday, Lauren Bush was honored at The Trunk Show – a one of a kind fashion event that features garments made from eco-friendly fabric and locally produced silk that has been painted on by elephants in Thailand and Indonesia.
Bush was honored by the AEACP for her her work with FEED, the charity she launched to feed school children in Africa. (Check out our video on Lauren’s launch party back in May!) “We want to honor Lauren for the FEED bag and the work she has done on behalf of children and animal rights around the world. The award is a token of our appreciation for the awareness she has raised for these causes”, said David Ferris, Director of AECP.
Host Summer Rayne Oakes presented the award to Lauren. After the event, the clothing was auctioned off with all money raised given to The Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project. Check out the pics from the event below!
Photo credit: Tricia Viola