An Elephant Family Outing
Fortnum's, Xerjoff and Nyetimber support the CoExistence campaign this summer
We need to talk about the elephant in the room. Or, on this occasion, in the park, as any joggers, cyclists and other frequenters of London’s royal parks may have been surprised to discover several of their favourite picnic spots already occupied by some unusually hefty and large-eared picnickers.
A herd of elephants - yes, we did say a herd of elephants - has made the trip to the capital and taken up residence in the royal parks of London as part of the CoExistence campaign with the Elephant Family charity. This UK-based charity is dedicated to the preservation of the natural habitats of elephants in Asia, as well as the promotion of the coexistence between animals and humans in the natural world.
Supported by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the CoExistence campaign has seen 100 life-size sculptures of elephants - all made from the invasive weed Latana Camara - migrate to our parks.
Now while you may have noticed that we’re quite fond of tea here at Fortnum’s, so far experts are unclear on whether elephants have any particular interest in the stuff. However, their natural habitats can sometimes encroach on tea plantations, which is why the Elephant Charity funds what they call ‘wildlife corridors’ that allow the elephants to pass through these plantations safely.
But why have we taken such an interest in these particular elephants? Well, we’re supporting the Elephant Family’s campaign in multiple ways.