The Sumatran elephant, Elephas maximus sumatranus, is a critically endangered subspecies of Indian elephant native to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. I met this beautiful girl when I was in Bali at the Mason Elephant Park and Lodge. The Sumatran elephant is threatened by deforestation, capture and domestication for use as beasts of burden, and poaching for ivory. The largest threat is rapid deforestation for the palm oil industry. There are estimated to be less than 3000 of these animals left in the wild. But there are still happy stories. The Mason Elephant Park and Lodge @elephantsbali has rescued dozens of elephants from mistreatment on Sumatra over the past several decades and relocated them to Bali where they are spoiled rotten by tourists and keepers that treat them with respect and kindness.
Honouring this sacred animal, the king of Elephants in Lino print on acid free recycled paper. -
In India the elephant has been regarded as a sacred and precious animal. The state of Rajasthan was a popular destination for many royal figures as the kings and princes of those times would take elephant rides to the Amber Palace of Rajasthan.
The elephant-headed god Ganesh, the remover of obstacles, is invoked before every new endeavor. Elephants add to the aura of temples and bestow blessings on the devoted. Beautiful women are said to walk with an elephant’s gait.
Without a doubt the elephant has been exploited and is at high risk of suffering. By bringing awareness to the beautiful animal through art educates people the conservational needs of this beautiful animal.
Words quoted from @natgeo 2013