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This Little Sumatra Carved Bone Elephant Cabochon is named to draw attention to the plight of the smallest of the Asian elephants that is now listed as critically endangered.

Sumatra is at the western end of the vast Indonesian archipelago and this little guy was hand-carved for me much further to the east, on the island of Bali, home of Indonesia's best carvers of bone, shell and horn.

Cartoonish in style, with curled, upturned trunk, for good luck, he's exclusive to Indounik. I also had some pieces done with a bail in the same design and both variations can be seen in the final photo in the hands of Vishnu, aged two and a half.

You can find other elephant and Ganesha listings in my shop here -

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Indounik/search?search_query=elephant&search_submit=&search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_6011725&shopname=Indounik

AT A GLANCE
Size: Approx 45mm (L) x 30mm (W) - 1.77in (L) x 1.18in (W)
Thickness: Approx 5mm
Weight: Approx 7 grams
Pieces per pack: 1
Color: White (putih) or ivory color
Material: Bovine bone - cow bone, flat backed though slightly concave, following the natural line of the bone. The bone used in Indounik products is sourced from the neighbouring Indonesian island of Java where it's a bi-product of the meat industry
Shipping: This item will ship from Ubud, Bali, via Pos Indonesia resgistered mail with a tracking number, and you will need to sign for it upon delivery. It will be well packaged to protect it in transit, and the cost of the pack is included in the shipping fee. Please read my shop policies prior to purchase for more important info about shipping and returns.

BACK STORY
In January 2012, the International Union for Conservation of Nature raised its listing of the Sumatran elephant sub-species from "endangered" to "critically endangered" and scientists warned the animal could be extinct in the wild in 30 years.

In the past 25 years, the Sumatran elephant has lost about 70 per cent of its habitat to illegal logging, palm oil plantations, and the conversion of forest to agriculture.

They are also hunted for their tusks for the illegal ivory trade. Sadly, some of the tusks are sent to Bali where foreigners wait to purchase them. Indounik says "NO" to ivory.

You can learn more about the Sumatran elephant and what you can do to help at the World Wildlife Fund's website here -

http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/elephants/asian_elephants/sumatran_elephant/

One of Bali's top tourist destinations is the Elephant Safari Park at Taro.

In October 2010, the park won the CIPTA Award, the first of its kind in Indonesia, for the best management of an environmentally friendly tourist attraction in Indonesia.

You can learn more about the park and its work in helping to conserve endangered elephants here -

http://www.baliadventuretours.com/BAT-Elephant_Park.htm

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“Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant - the only harmless great thing.” ~ English poet John Donne, 1572-1631
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Little Sumatra Carved Bone Elephant Cabochon 45mm

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Overview

  • Materials: Bovine bone, cow bone
  • Ships worldwide from Indonesia
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