Raising awareness of crisis, at RGS event with How Many Elephants.

Few people know that 96 African elephants are poached each day for their ivory. At this astonishing rate they will be extinct in the wild within a decade. ‘How Many Elephants’ is a powerful and award-winning campaign using design as a powerful tool to bridge the gap between scientific data and human connection.

‘How Many Elephants’ is organising a fundraiser talk event at Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers), 1 Kensington Gore, London. SW7 2AR on June 6th 2019.

The evening will comprise of two headline speakers :

Holly Budge, founder of How Many Elephants and world record holding adventurer, who is inspiring and educating a global audience about the devastating impact of the elephant ivory trade.

Dr. Niall McCann, Director of Conservation for National Park Rescue, a direct-action conservation organisation that focuses on preventing the slaughter of elephants, rhinos and lions in sub-Saharan Africa.

There will be a short talk by Gavin Bowyer, an orthopaedic surgeon and photographer who has sought ways to support charities to raise awareness of welfare and conservation issues. Gavin’s elephant prints will be silently auctioned and New Zealand Sand Artist, Nancy Tschetner, will be auctioning her exclusive elephant-inspired sand paintings on the night.

All proceeds from the evening will go to the How Many Elephants Campaign which supports National Park Rescue and Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe, and the Black Mambas in South Africa.

The ‘How Many Elephants’ campaign is hard-hitting in the way that it showcases 35,000 elephant silhouettes, the current annual poaching rate in Africa, in a striking art installation and also on Instagram (@howmanyelephants), launched on January 1st 2019. Every day for a year, a square of 96 elephants is posted depicting the daily poaching rate to show the sheer scale of the poaching crisis. Gruesome images of mutilated elephants have been purposely avoided. To actually see and connect with this data visually is highly impactful.

The multi award-winning, design-led, ‘How Many Elephants’ exhibition is touring Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong later this year to raise awareness of the elephant crisis. Throughout the tour, Holly, a noted public speaker who has spoken internationally on design, conservation and adventure, will deliver a series of talks and interactive workshops in educational, public and corporate spaces. The exhibition will be showcased in multiple locations, with daily coverage. Partners are being sought for this project.

To date, over 1000 school children have visited Holly’s exhibition and taken part in her workshops and visual petition. Holly feels passionate about working with these young minds, whom she refers to as “the actionable change-makers of tomorrow”. Each child colours in an elephant as part of Holly’s global visual petition where each artwork is replacing a traditional signature. The children then have their own exhibitions at school to keep spreading the message amongst their peers, parents and teachers. Holly is hoping to get thousands of artworks from around the globe uploaded on social media, using hashtag, #howmanyelephants. She is petitioning for rural African communities to see benefit from tourism and the wildlife alive.

To date, Holly has helped raise over £300,000 for a diverse range of charities through her work. She is an energetic and engaging motivational speaker. She has spoken at many world class events and conferences, including at the Conservation Lab in Cape Town, ‘calling on the sharpest minds in conservation’ to share ideas and expertise that lead to informed decisions and more effective action in wildlife conservation in Africa.


Date: June 6th 2019 from 6.30pm-10pm

Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers), 1 Kensington Gore, London. SW7 2AR

Tickets: Early bird tickets available until April 16th. VIP*, £75 and talk only, £25. Standard prices: VIP £85 and talk only tickets, £30

*For VIP ticket holders, there will champagne and canapés in the iconic Map Room before the talks and champagne and mingling with the speakers afterwards.