As part of our SAY NO TO IVORY campaign and to raise awareness for the endangered Asian elephant, in 2014, Phyllis Stuart, participated in (the first USA) Elephant Parade by not only securing support from other artists (like actors Khloe Kardashian, Li Bingbing and Lily Tomlin and jewelry artist, Loree Rodkin), but Stuart also created her life-sized mixed media piece called, The Prettiest Pachyderm. This international art exhibit supports Mosha, a famous baby elephant, (who lost part of her leg to a landmine when she was stolen from the wild and forced to cross the Myanmar border--which is rife with landmines--and who now wears a prosthetic leg).
This international art exhibit raises funds to support an elephant hospital in Thailand, Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation, which was founded in 1993 by Salwala Soraida a crusader in a time where women were scarce in the conservation world.
Thirty-second Public Service Announcement produced and directed by Phyllis Stuart. Emmy-winning actor Keith David & actor, animal-rights activist, Michael Bell generously narrated.
Thanks to our media partner National CineMedia this 30-second elephant conservation commercial played in the three largest USA movie theater chains, running for one month and reaching over one million U.S.A. theater visitors. (Note: that texting link shown in this PSA is not functional).
the tooth fairy
Participating children wrote The Tooth Fairy letters which we 'sent to China' so their citizens would stop buying and carving ivory and the elephant poaching would abate.
Two Wyoming Kid Conservationists Headline Event to Save African Elephants
OCT 2, 2014 "The Tooth Fairy Project is an elephant conservation event in Jackson on Saturday and Sunday. Two Jackson children, 11 year old Lily Marvin and a 9 year-old boy, Alex French are headlining the event after they caught the attention of a filmmaker, Phyllis Stuart, because of their passion for saving elephants.
The filmmaker is creating a documentary called Elephant Daze (but which became Wild DaZe) about elephant poaching and plans to incorporate the children into the documentary.
Lily Marvin says that she became interested in elephants in school, when she had to write a persuasive essay. She liked elephants and then found out how important elephants are to their ecosystems, and how quickly they are being killed.
“So last year,” she says, “25,000 elephants were killed that year, but this year it was 35,000 elephants. So they killed 10,000 more elephants than they killed last year. That’s really bad.” Marvin says elephants are important to their ecosystems and could go extinct soon at the rate they’re being killed for ivory. She says it’s especially important that kids speak up. When asked why, Lily says, “They have more creative minds and young minds than the grownups, so I think they can think of more possible ways to help.”
The Tooth Fairy Project was held at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 4PM with kid-friendly art, science, and activism.
Originally entitled Elephant DaZe, this project began as an effort to stop the poaching of the African elephant, but evolved into Wild DaZe to protect all threatened wildlife and wild places.