Today elephants are the logo for the Republic political party, originating November 7, 1874 from the Herald illustrator, Thomas Nast, and his picture caption showing how the elephant roamed the forest while frightening "all the foolish animals he met in his wanderings".
Limoges boxes can even serve as a sign of your political loyalties
Physically, today elephants are found in Africa and Asia. About 50-60 years ago nearly two million elephants existed. Today there are fewer than fifty thousand left, contributed partly to ivory-hungry poachers and to the natural occurrences of lion attacks in areas of high elephant populations.
Elephants communicate with each other through low rumbling calls and can keep track of each other by sening their smells in the wind. They easily remember places, other elephants and people.
These Limoges boxes display our animal in his African habitat atop a jungle sunrise
Despite their long swinging noses, awkward tusks, enormous size, big ears, and rough skin, they are such cute animals. Their sad eyes, the way they travel in herds while holding on to each others tails, how they fan themselves with their ears, and use a built in nose-shower system, makes me want to give them a big hug.
These animals are certainly the best part of circus performances as well, exhibiting before an audience their great strength and ability to follow directions, walking on huge rolling balls, standing on their back legs, carrying heavy items, etc.... I just adore them.
It is fun to create your own jungle scene of Limoges boxes to include these great animals .... just keep them away from the lions!