'ONE HUNDRED FLOWERS"
By Phyllis Stuart, Heny Li and Li Bingbing
Elephant Parade is an international art exhibit to support 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.
In 2014, to raise awareness for the endangered Asian elephant, filmmaker and Wild Daze founder, Phyllis Stuart, helped produce Elephant Parade USA by both creating an elephant sculpture and by commissioning sculptures from Khloe Kardashian, Li Bingbing, Lily Tomlin and Loree Rodkin who donated their time, fame and hearts to this cause.
By Khloe Kardashian
"THE PRETTIEST PACHYDERM"
Stuart spent four months beading and painting a life-sized mixed media piece, which lives on the Malibu ranch of Diane Warren.
"IS ANYBODY LISTENING?"
by Lily Tomlin & Erin Boyle
by Loree Rodkin & Brian Skinny B. Lewis
This art was created to support the Asian Elephant Foundation which funds projects from mobile elephant hospitals to abating human-elephant conflicts, in order to support the well-being and the conservation of the critically endangered Asian elephant.
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).
Two Wyoming Kid Conservationists Headline Event to Save African Elephants
For years, Joachim Schmeisser has been photographing the last giants of Africa at close range, creating exceptionally intimate portraits of species threatened with extinction.
In his new series – The Last Of Their Kind – he focuses on the beauty of creation and its fragile transience.
These striking images are timeless works that can be interpreted on different levels: as depictions of a distant past or as iconic memories in a not too distant future in which we can only admire these majestic creatures in zoos. They are both an homage and a final warning - visual revelations that sharpen our clouded view of nature in all its infinite complexity as well as recognizing what treasures we might irretrievably lose.
Joachim donated several elephant orphan prints and we produced four exhibits in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Los Angeles to raise awareness, secure support for Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and help offset Wild Daze film production costs.
The Tooth Fairy Project
which was produced October 2nd, 2014 in Jackson, Wyoming. While many kids participated, two outstanding children, 11 year-old Lily Marvin and 9 year-old boy, Alex French, supported this 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 (now Wild Daze) about threats facing African wildlife and why saving them saves everybody.
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,” Lily 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.”
Thanks to the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts which allowed us to present The Tooth Fairy Project during its annual kid-friendly art, science, and activism event.