The Elephant Ivory Project team got some homegrown support last Friday at Go Wild: A Night of Fashion + Celebration to Save Elephants. Portland‚Äôs fashion community joined forces with conservation groups and advocates to organize a¬†wild couture fashion show featuring local, eco designers in an effort to save wild African elephants from the illegal ivory trade.
National Geographic Explorers Andy Maser and Trip Jennings (pictured above) of EP Films, a Portland-based production company, are embarking on¬†a forensic biology expedition to the remote jungle of the Democratic Republic of Congo to help the Center for Conservation Biology complete their elephant DNA map of Africa. The goal: send resources to poaching hot
spots and save wild elephants from the illegal ivory trade and capture provocative media to bring this important issue home.
‚ÄúConservation, and spreading awareness, for the well being of our planet and the lives on it comes in all forms,‚Äù said Jillian Rabe, Fashion Show Producer. She said it was ‚Äúa privilege to be able to join forces with this team and create an avenue for the fashion community to help support the cause.‚Äù
Poachers are killing elephants for their ivory at a rate of 10 percent per year ‚Äî that means that in just a few years, wild elephant populations may not exist anymore. But 20 years ago, with a global upwelling of support, the ivory trade was stopped — nearly overnight. We can do that again. And this event brought us one step closer to doing so.
Learn more here: http://elephantivoryproject.org/
Huge thanks to Under Solen Media, Jillian Rabe, RM Photo, Boothster, Looptworks, Full Sail, Bota Box, Guayaki, B-Line and Wend Magazine for making this whole night happen! And more thanks to the designers and our raffle gear sponsors!
All photos courtesy the amazing Rachel Meyer. Check out the rest of the photos here: http://rmphoto.zenfolio.com/gowildparty All proceeds from photos purchased benefit Elephant Ivory Project.