Vancouver, BC: In an industry that regularly garners criticism from animal advocates, Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) is showing the world that animals do in fact matter. On Saturday (March 19) March 20 (VFW ) will feature Elephantasia, a pachyderm-inspired, eco-couture collection by a collaboration of 12 different designers globally. This travelling exhibition will raise awareness and funds for African elephants who are killed for their ivory. In Africa an elephant dies every 15 minutes. Ninety-six elephants die from poaching per day and at this rate, African elephants will be extinct within our generation.
Elephantasia is enlisting the support of BC’s only elephant advocacy organization – Elephanatics. Based in Vancouver, the group helps the long-term survival of elephants by raising awareness, organizing events such as the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, and providing education on the enormous challenges elephants face in Africa’s poaching crisis and in Asia’s tourist trade.
The fashion show On Saturday March 19th will also include guest speaker, Dr. Jake Wall, Chief Scientific Research Advisor for Elephanatics. (Elephanatics, Save the Elephants, UBC Grad and National Geographic Explorer) He will speak at 4:30 pm about the current poaching crisis in Africa. Dr. Wall developed a real-time monitoring system using high-tech GPS tracking technology inside collars that were put on wild elephants. The system helps counter elephant poaching in Kenya and South Africa. Dr. Walls technology was instrumental in capturing iconic footage of a one-hundred-plus elephant herd for National Geographic’s documentary, Great Migrations.
On Sunday (March 20), Elephanatics will host an information booth at VFWs show at the Chinese Cultural Centre at – 4:00 pm. The booth will be collecting donations for the African Wildlife Foundation and encouraging donations with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s baby elephant orphanage in Kenya that cares for the young elephants orphaned by poaching, until they are ready to be introduced to the wild again.
Elephantasia at Vancouver Fashion Week
March 19 14 to 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
50 East Pender Street
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