Hanky Panky, IFAW & Elephants

An adult female African elephant named Elfrida with two young calves. One of the calves just appeared with the family and stayed together for about a month. © IFAW/Amboseli Trust for Elephants

An adult female African elephant named Elfrida with two young calves. One of the calves just appeared with the family and stayed together for about a month. © IFAW/Amboseli Trust for Elephants

The poaching crisis in Africa is intolerable. Elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory by the tens of thousands and they are being killed to feed a seemingly insatiable human appetite for trinkets and decorative luxury items. Just recently 86 elephants—33 of them pregnant females – were killed by poachers in Chad.

IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare) is at the forefront of the fight to protect elephants and is attacking every link in the trade chain. They have trained over 1600 wildlife law enforcement officials—including anti-poaching patrols and customs agents—in over 30 countries, and continues to do so. INTERPOL has asked IFAW to partner with them to find and arrest those at the heart of this organized crime. In China, where the demand for ivory is the greatest, and elsewhere, IFAW is focusing on consumer awareness and public education to reduce demand by rejecting products made from ivory. IFAW also supports African countries in their own efforts to fight wildlife crime.

A baby African elephant eating grass at Amboseli National Park. © IRAW/K. Branon

A baby African elephant eating grass at Amboseli National Park. © IRAW/K. Branon

Together we can end this brutal hunt and create a movement and a world where animals, like elephants, are respected and free from exploitation. Together we can educate a new generation of consumers to see elephants as the social and sentient creatures that they are and not as a commodity to be put on a mantelpiece.

I urge you to check out IFAW’s work on fighting the war against the ivory trade and become involved.

 “IFAW is the pioneer who caused the global community to take action on wildlife crime.  We only work with organisations that believe in us and with top international leaders and visionaries in wildlife crime – that means IFAW.”  David Higgins, INTERPOL

To aid in these efforts, from April 1st through 30th, 5% of net proceeds from purchases on HankyPanky.com will be donated to IFAW.

-Gale Epstein, President & Creative Director

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Over 30 years ago, in 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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