Vil­lagers are see­ing green ele­phants!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Michael DeFroand mde­froand@thek­m­

IT IS not of­ten that a herd of ele­phants de­scends on a peace­ful vil­lage, but that is ex­actly what hap­pened on Tues­day.

The 11 life-size sculp­tures made from re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als stayed tem­po­rar­ily at the Ap­ple­dore home of Jac­qui El­wes af­ter they ended their tour to pro­mote the dan­gers faced by Asian ele­phants.

The an­i­mals have vis­ited royal parks and Sel­fridges be­fore leav­ing the Brighton Pavil­ion for Mrs El­wes’ home – a jour­ney or­gan­ised by the char­ity, Ele­phant Fam­ily.

Mrs El­wes, a sup­porter of the char­ity, said: “It is so ex­cit­ing hav­ing them.

“I hadn’t quite en­vis­aged them be­ing so amaz­ing – they stopped traf­fic!”

The ele­phants, hav­ing been bought, will soon go on to their new own­ers. Mary Powys of the char­ity said: “There were 13 ele­phants, but Sel­fridges bought one and one was too big to fit through the doors so we had to find an emer­gency home.

“Prince Charles came to the res­cue and it is now at Clarence House.”

The Asian ele­phants’ in­abil­ity to mi­grate due to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and ris­ing pop­u­la­tion is caus­ing se­ri­ous prob­lems.

Ms Powys said: “They are on their way to be be­com­ing ex­tinct.

“Money will go to­wards buy­ing strate­gic strips of land which links up forests for them.”

Mary Powys from the Ele­phant Fam­ily char­ity with one of the ele­phants

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