King Charles III and Queen Camilla present the Elephant Family Environmental Prize to Indian conservationists: Kartiki Gonsalves, filmmaker of Oscar-winning documentary Elephant Whisperers and the True Elephant Collective (TREC) of 70 Aboriginal artists.
Kartiki Gonsalves was recognized for his extraordinary achievements in storytelling and advocacy for coexistence. “This powerful film explores the deep connection between humans and elephants through the moving story of Raghu, an orphan from the same herd of elephants depicted in TREC sculptures. Gonza Elvis dedicates her award to Indian motherhood and the idea of coexistence, emphasizing the importance of respecting indigenous communities and compassion for all living beings,” said Elephant Family.
Earlier this year, The Elephant Whisperer won the 2023 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. The Elephant Family said the documentary “is a testament to the beauty of India’s wilderness, the wisdom of tribal communities and the compassion that exists between people and animals who share the same space”.
“A true defender of wildlife and nature, Kartiki Gonsalves receives this esteemed award, and the elephant family pays tribute to her unwavering dedication and indomitable passion for protecting the natural world.” Pay tribute,” it added.
The Real Elephant Collective honored with the Mark Shand Award, named in honor of the late founder of the elephant family. It is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the protection of Asian elephants.
“TREC’s success paved the way for the formation of the Coalition for Coexistence, an India-wide organization that brings together local experts, ecologists, anthropologists, geographers and conservationists. The consortium, in partnership with Communities where wildlife coexists work together to design and implement coexistence solutions that prioritize the views and needs of those communities,” the wildlife charity said.