The Elephant Parade comes to the US for the first time

Originating at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Mike and Marc Spits started the Elephant Parade in 2006 to support efforts in the prevention of the extinction of the Asian Elephant.

The inspiration for this father-and-son parade exhibition was 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-foot tall fiberglass statues and their work can be seen from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from August 23, 2013 to November 10, 2013. For more information and a walking map can be viewed at: