On 26th March, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will host a reception at Clarence House to launch ‘Travels to My Elephant’ Rickshaw Race.
Charles and Camilla will have the opportunity to see the first two completed rickshaws that will take part in the November race.
In November, a group of thirty rickshaws will journey 500km across Madhya Pradesh, India, in a race to save Asia’s elephants from extinction.
A range of artists, milliners and fashion houses will decorate the rickshaws in London.
The event is called ‘Travels to my Elephant’. It’s inspired by Elephant Family’s late founder, Mark Shand, whose rescue of Tara, an Asian elephant, led to the creation of the charity Elephant Family.
The Prince and Duchess are joint Presidents of Elephant Family, the charity started by Camilla’s late brother Mark Shand. They became Joint Presidents of Elephant Family in September 2014.
Mr Shand tragically died last April after sustaining a severe head injury from a fall in New York,
Mr Shand was chairman of the elephant conservation charity and recognised for his work as a travel writer and conservationist. He is the author of numerous books, including Elephant Tales, River Dog: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra. He also worked as a BBC conservationist and travel writer. In 1996, he won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in 1996 for his book and the corresponding BBC documentary, Queen of the Elephants.
Last November, Mr Shand joined his brother in law Charles in Kerlala for their visit to the ‘Elephant Corridor.’
Due to the rain that occurred during their visit, Charles and Mark were unable to see the elephants. Shand commented that perhaps The Prince did not mind. “What he enjoyed was standing there listening to the forest in a perfect, pristine rain forest – rain forest being the operative word.”
Elephant Family is the UK’s largest backers of the endangered Asian elephant. Since 2002, the charity has enabled over £6m in conservation projects across Asia, working to safeguard elephant and wildlife habitats.
Elephant Family supports local communities to decrease incidents of human-elephant conflict and focusses on the dilemma of the Asian elephant with UK-wide education programmes and publicity.