To coincide with World Elephant Day this week, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has launched a unique fundraising and awareness project – the Ele-tee. It’s an adorable elephant-shaped t-shirt that unlocks an original animated short film that sheds light on the causes of the African elephant’s slide towards extinction.
The storybook brings to life the tale of ‘Garzi the Orphan’, an elephant rescued by the Trust at 18-months-old after his mother was killed by poachers. A heartfelt tale – Garzi’s story highlights the very real issues faced by African Elephants today, including droughts caused by the climate crisis, habitat loss due to infrastructure development and illegal logging, and human-wildlife conflict over space and food.
Chad Mackenzie, National Executive Creative Director, whiteGREY, said: “The Ele-tee is an incredibly charming t-shirt but unlocks a story with a serious message. We hope the tale of Garzi will inspire kids and their parents to engage with the issues facing African elephants.”
whiteGREY’s Creative Director and children’s author Ronojoy Ghosh illustrated the Garzi story; while American actress and model Kate Upton voiced the story.
Rob Brandford, Executive Director of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, added: “The Ele-tee is tremendous fun for kids of all ages to wear and it sheds light on an important message about elephant conservation. We hope the charm of the Ele-tee and story of Garzi helps children, families and the world understand the many issues of why elephants are facing extinction, and inspires them to take action.”
Sophie Woods, Director’s Rep at Passion Pictures, said: “It’s been a joy to help bring the story of Garzi the Orphan to life through such beautiful, simple animations. Throughout our history, Passion has had the honour of using animation to tell sensitive stories, helping bring challenging issues to life.”
The Ele-tee will be sold via the Trust’s online store: http://sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/eletee. The Garzi story will also be turned into an educational curriculum as part of the Trust’s global school programs.
Profits from the sale of the Ele-tee will go towards the Trust’s work protecting habitats in East Africa and its pioneering Orphans’ Project to rescue, raise and rehabilitate elephants back into the wild. Elephants have roamed the wild for 15 million years and there were over 10 million African elephants in the early 20th century, now there is less than 400,000. By 2025, scientists predict there could be only 190,000 left.
whiteGREY has worked with the Trust since 2017. A previous World Elephant Day campaign launched by whiteGREY was Hello in Elephant – a human-elephant translator. It was awarded the 18th most effective campaign globally in the WARC Effective 100 in 2019.
- whiteGREY – Ele-tee design, illustration and creative
- Passion Pictures – animation
- Mark Brightwell Films – videography
ABOUT SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was founded in 1977 by the late Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, DBE in memory of her late husband David Sheldrick. David was the founding warden of Kenya’s first and largest wildlife refuge, Tsavo National Park and a leader in wildlife conservation. Daphne’s involvement with wildlife spanned a lifetime and she was a recognised authority on the rearing of wild animals and the first person to identify the milk formula and husbandry necessary for raising milk dependent elephants and rhinos. The Trust is now led by the Sheldrick’s daughter, Angela Sheldrick, and continues to expand its field operations and be a pioneering force for orphaned elephants.
The Trust’s achievements to date include:
- Pioneered hand-raising orphaned baby elephants, including discovering the formula of milk that best replicates an adult female’s.
- The Trust has successfully hand-reared 247 orphaned infant elephants through our Orphans’ Project, proudly named the most successful elephant orphanage in the world.
- More than 140 orphaned elephants are now living a wild life, with 30 known wild born babies. Through our De-Snaring Teams operated with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), we have removed in excess of 140,000 snares.
- The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/KWS Mobile Veterinary Units and Sky Vet have attended to more than 6,166 injured and sick wild animals to date, including 259 elephants in 2018 alone.
- Up to 1,000 hours flown annually by our Aerial Surveillance Unit to deter and prevent illegal activity.
About Grey Group
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