AFC Signature Member, Douglas Aja recently donated one of his bronze sculpture (Orphans) recently raised $3,800 for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). The bronze was auctioned at a fund raising event hosted at London's Landmark Hotel. The piece raised $3,800 for DSWT.
A sculpture from the same edition was juried in Artists for Conservation's 2013 Annual Exhibit. Douglas describes his inspiration for the artwork: "Increased demand for ivory in Asia in recent years has led to the slaughter of tens of thousands of elephants, leaving countless calves orphaned. These are two of the few lucky ones which were rescued and brought to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Here they are cared for and given a second opportunity at life and freedom. These two calves, under six months of age, will eventually be reintroduced into the wild. This is a long process that can take ten years or longer before they become fully independent. The blankets are for warmth and protection from the sun. The calves will no longer need them around age two.“
At left is Edwin Lusichi, Project Manager of Nairobi Orphan Nursery, holding the bronze.
Douglas has been sculpting African wildlife since the late 1990s. Since that time he donates a portion of the sales proceeds to various conservation organizations as well as donates sculptures for fund raising events. Though he sculpts a variety of species, he specializes in the African elephant. Many elephants are known individuals from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. He has been a longtime supporter of Amboseli Trust for Elephant (ATE), ElephantVoices and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a small, flexible charity, established in 1977 to honour to memory of a famous Naturalist, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, where he served from its inception in 1948 until his transfer to Nairobi in 1976 to head the Planning Unit of the newly created Wildlife Conservation & Management Department.