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“Elephants” by ROA in Bangkok, Thailand

February 3, 2016
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While we last heard from him in Puerto Rico a few weeks ago, ROA is now in Southern Asia where he was invited to create new pieces on the streets of Bangkok in Thailand.
After a few days of work, the globe-trotting Belgian street artist created two of his lovely monochrome creatures with these upside-down elephants.

In Thailand, the wild elephant population currently sits around 1,500 and as an engendered species, they are safeguarded under the Wildlife Protection Act from hunting and domestication. Many of these elephants also live in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries where they are further protected; however, due to the extent of (sometimes illegal) elephant tourism in Thailand, it has been estimated that around 2,000 elephants are held in captivity to work in the Thai tourism industry. As a result of being considered domesticated animals, they are not included in the Wildlife Protection Act.
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