I am currently planning my next WWF work no. 8 out of a total 9 paintings. This magical beast is definitely one of my own favourite species of the animal kingdom.
I am pleased to announce The WWF Elephant has been personally chosen to be named by Ben Fogle himself. I am truly honoured.
'Ben Fogle is a broadcaster, traveller and adventurer. He has rowed the Atlantic Ocean, crossed Antarctica on foot, run across the Sahara and crossed the Empty Quarter on camel.
He has presented numerous hit programmes on the BBC, ITV and Channel 5 including, New Lives in the Wild, Extreme Dreams, Countrywise, Harbour Lives, Through Hell and High Water and Crufts.
He writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph and has written six Sunday Times bestseller books.
He is an ambassador for WWF, Medecins Sans Frontier and Tusk, Centrepoint and the Princes Trust, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and patron of The Royal Parks Foundation.
Ben is currently filming his 5th series of New Lives in the Wild/Where the Wildmen Are and Migration for Channel 5.'
The African elephants’ range has declined by over 50% since 1979 – and their populations are becoming more fragmented. While some are secure and expanding, other populations are in decline – particularly in central Africa. With only 600,000 elephants in the wild – and threats from poaching, habitat loss and conflict with people – this intelligent and powerful animal is officially classed as vulnerable.
Words by WWF UK
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