A word from 15-year-old founder Angelina Lue
Ever since I was young I had a mission to have a positive impact on the world in any way, shape, or form. At the end of 2016, I learned about the elephant poaching crisis through my school. When a friend of mine told me that I could foster a baby elephant in need online through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, I was surprised that I, someone thousands of miles away from Africa, could foster and help support an elephant. Rather than fostering an elephant on the spot, I asked myself what would be the most impactful way to help save these elephants. At the time, I also was interested in fashion and starting a business on my own. So, after combining these ideas together, I realized that I could create an online clothing business selling t-shirts to help save the elephants. Not only would the t-shirts be a catalyst to spreading awareness on the elephant poaching crisis through the design, but 20% of the net profits from Ivory Tees would be donated to fostering elephants. With this project in mind, instead of me fostering one elephant, the community has the potential of fostering multiple elephants in need by purchasing something from Ivory Tees and spreading awareness on this issue. In March this year, I gave a TEDx talk on the elephant poaching crisis. Check out the video below!
I’m proud to say that last year we, Ivory Tees, were able to foster elephant orphan Luggard. Luggard was five months old when he was rescued by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. He was found with two bullet wounds on both his back legs, and he was dehydrated, starving, and struggling to walk on the brink of death. Luckily, he was found just in time and was treated for his medical conditions. Now, Luggard has recovered from his bullet wounds. Watch the video below to see how he was rescued.