If you’re yet to get on-board with the whole ‘adult colouring-in’ thing, this is a good time to start. To celebrate World Elephant Day, the good folks at World Animal Protection are hosting a colouring competition – and anyone is free to enter.
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The beautiful design has been sketched by Melbourne artist Nathan Ferlazzo. And the prize? Two spots on Intrepid’s 15-day Circle Sri Lanka adventure, where you’ll get to see elephants at a wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary, and if you’re lucky, in the wild.
Intrepid and World Animal Protection (WAP) have been working together for years to raise awareness around the physical and psychological pain many elephants are subjected to in the name of entertainment. Baby elephants are often taken from their families, tied up in cages and ‘broken’ using painful tools such as metal hooks. In 2014, we became the first travel company to put an end to elephant riding on our trips. The support from our travellers was overwhelming.
Here’s the thing, though. Despite an increased understanding about the plight of elephants used for rides and in live animal shows around the world, these cruel industries continue to exist. In some cases, like in southern Africa, elephant ride attractions are growing in number. There’s still a lot of work to do.
While it won’t end the horror completely, the Wild at Heart colouring competition, as Intrepid’s Co-Founder Geoff Manchester puts it, “gives us the chance to practice mindfulness, take time out from social media and offers the simple pleasure of being in control, while changing something for the better. This is something that Intrepid has always believed; that travellers have the power to change the world while having fun.”