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Old 05-25-2015, 01:14 PM   #1
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My 13 foot Burro doing her part to save the Elephants

I am passionate about stopping the slaughter of the awesome African Elephant due to the rise in illegal ivory trade. I hired a local Albuquerque artist, Mr. Melvin Mayes - (I call him A-Mayes-o-Matic) to paint his interpretation of an African Elephant on the sides of my Burro.

It's not complete yet, he has to finish details and paint a red orange sky and finish the grass and add some birds but she should be ready to roll by June when I plan on going to Yellowstone! I'll post final pictures when she's all finished.

I need help naming my burro! Any suggestions? She's a girl, BTW!

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Old 05-25-2015, 01:26 PM   #2
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Wow! Just wow! I love it, the meaning and the painting!


"Truly" A Trilly - 1975 Trillium 1300
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:47 PM   #3
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"Ellie", of course!

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Old 05-26-2015, 12:33 AM   #4
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That's quite amazing!! You are definitely going to attract attention with that!!
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:20 PM   #5
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Ruby- who was an elephant artist at the Phoenix zoo How wonderful to help save our magnificent elephants!
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:26 PM   #6
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I'm missing something. In what way does painting the Burro help save elephants?
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:30 PM   #7
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I'm missing something. In what way does painting the Burro help save elephants?
Well, maybe if it caused someone to ask about it, the owner could give them info on the World Wildlife Fund or some other cause that is trying to save them?
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I'm missing something. In what way does painting the Burro help save elephants?
Directly, nothing. But it will start conversations, which I believe is the intention.

Just a thought… how about a message and website in the back window? People will notice the trailer in many situations where you won't be in a place to have the conversation, like bouncing down the highway or parked somewhere.

BTW- love it!

Name: "Pack-a-dorm"? I'm a sucker for a bad pun...
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:45 PM   #9
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Amazing! Great idea
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:47 PM   #10
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This is spectacular! I suggest "Tuffi" who was the elephant who famously fell out of the Wuppertal Schwebebahn into the canal below (only minor scratches!). She made a real splash (har har) as a celebrity elephant.
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:21 PM   #11
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How about "Tembe" - in recognition of Tembe National Elephant Park, located in Tongaland on the elephant coast between Zululand, South Africa and Mozambique. Tembe has the largest African elephants in the world and the herd of 200+ "tuskers" are free roaming, and protected. check out their web site and see the web cam of these gentle giants:
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Wink Two suggestion and a question

What is going to be painted on the front and back of the trailer?

Paint a mouse in the grass.

Call her "Dumbo."


PS: Seattle Zoo just sent her elephants away. Caused a big flap.
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I lived in Tanganyika ( now Tanzania ) for three years, on the shoulder of Kilimanjaro, and I've lived in a suburb of Chicago.
I've watched several documentaries on elephants, and I still fail to see how painting a trailer with the image of an elephant will "save the elephants".
Before you do that, you might want to consider what you can do, where you live, to save what is around you.
There are poor farmers in Africa, trying to earn a living growing a crop of maize. And then having the US government subsidize corn growers in Nebraska, and then shipping and selling that grain in Africa, below cost, and for less than it costs him to grow the same crop, while having elephants trample his fields...he probably doesn't find elephants cute.
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And please. Don't climb Kilimanjaro for cancer, alzheimer's or some other cause. Donate the money you would have spent on the flight, hotel, food, etc. to an agency that you have investigated and determined will spend the money wisely.

We had well-meaning people in Canada send us containers of used clothing, mostly ties that were no longer in style, and then the mission had to pay import duties.

If you want to do something, send money.
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