Did you know that elephants are considered to be good luck? In fact, elephants symbolize a lot of things: fertility, protection, good luck, wisdom and knowledge. Details are at this link. A lot of people, including my mom, keep statues of elephants displayed in their homes for these reasons. This is just one of the reasons that I think you should pick up the elephant topiary pictured below. Not only for yourself though, but it’s the perfect gift to the person that has everything, because all of the proceeds from it go to an important cause.
The elephant topiary is created by Eliza Wierwight of Patron Homes in Second life. Eliza is on a mission and I believe we all can help her. Eliza recently watched the documentary, How I Became an Elephant and was so moved by it, that she decided to do something for the cause. The documentary is about abused Asian elephants and their extinction. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, you can check it out on youtube or just take a moment to read the synopsis.
Here are a few points I am stealing from the synopsis page that I wanted to highlight:
- “At the top of the 20th century Asia boasted well over 100,000 elephants. Today there are less than 5000 wild elephants in Burma and less than 500 in Thailand.”
- “The Asian elephant is in severe trouble in all range states. Problems facing the Asian elephant are deforestation, human encroachment, poaching and now tourism.”
- “An estimated 5000 elephants are currently being “worked” in legal and illegal logging in Burma (Myanmar). The work is grueling for elephants and their caregivers.”
Eliza contacted Save The Elephant Organisation because she felt so compelled to do something. They got back to her and she now has an official contract to act on behalf of SEF in Second Life. She has created the adorable Holiday Festive Topiary in the form of a baby Elephant (the design was pre-approved by SEF) and 100% proceeds from the sales of this topiary will be going to the foundation. The baby elephant topiary is just L$499 and even though I don’t have a home, I still felt compelled to buy it. I might gift it to a special friend with a home so it can be displayed there lovingly. It is transferable and a great way to gift and donate this holiday season.
For full details about what Eliza is working on, please click over to her flickr page, or her image below: