Life-sized Elephant Sculpture Display at the El Paso Zoo through March 26
The El Paso Zoo will host a life sized sculpture of an African elephant from March 15-26."Nomkhubulwane" (Nom-koo-bull-wah'-nee) will be at the Zoo to help draw attention to the problem elephants are having co-existing with people in Africa where elephants are still killed for their ivory tusks and are using habitat from expanding farmlands and logging. Prior to coming to El Paso Nomkhubulwane took a long transocean journey from South Africa to Merida, Mexico where she attended the opening of the 9th World Wilderness Congress. She is one of 17 elephants created by Andres Botha of the Human Elephant Foundation to encourage creative projects and discussions about a sustainable relationship with the earth.
Nomkhubulwane visit to El Paso is sponsored in part by the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department with assistance Chamizal National Memorial and the General Services and Streets Departments in help to unload and reload her onto a truck.
Nomkhubulwane stands over 9 feet (3 meters) tall and was made by weaving strips of recycled truck tires over a galvanized steel frame at the Premat factory in Durban, South Africa. She will visit the El Paso Zoo until March 26 when she will leave for other points on her journey across North America. You can watch a video about "Nomkhubulwane" in the Passport Café. For more information including video links visit the Zoo\\'s website at www.elpasozoo.org/takeeaction>www.elpasozoo.org/takeaction.