Parade in Orange County promotes awareness for elephant extinction

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Shirley Smith

Mike and Marc Spits started Elephant Parade in 2006 to support efforts to prevent the extinction of the Asian elephant.

Arriving in the U.S. for the first time, the tour begins at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point.

The inspiration for this father and son parade exhibition is a baby elephant named Mosha.

She lost the lower part of her right leg when she stepped on a land mine. Mosha is the first elephant to wear a prosthetic leg, which saved her life.

Various artists, who support this effort, painted the 37 five-feet tall fiberglass statues and their work can be seen from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Aug. 23 to Nov. 10 around various parks in Dana Point

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