World Elephant Day is August 12, a day set aside to help preserve and protect elephants. To help bring attention this important day we are featuring Oliver Goldsmith’s Elephant Sunglasses made in 1985. The detailing is remarkable, with curled tails, green eyes, rotund bodies and of course the tusks. This a Bespoke piece and most likely only a few made and I would personally love a pair.
Elephants across the world are an endangered species. Loss of habitat and poaching has reduced their numbers greatly. With the street value of a single tusk is about $15,000, in China, the illegal ivory tusk can get up to $200,000.
There are an estimated 30-40,000 elephants left in the wild. It is said that 96 elephants are killed everyday in Africa. Since elephants do not breed well in captivity, their days are numbered.
Add in the estimated 200,000 elephants in captivity, some living in crowded cages, chained in the sun to carry tourists, the plight of the elephants is a global concern.