It’s been two years in the making, and on Friday photographer Bobby-Jo Clow will launch her book.
‘Reflections of Elephants’ is a photographic book which includes poems, essays and personal experiences of the different authors’ experiences with the animals.
The launch will coincide with World Elephant Day.
“It’s been my dream to be able to launch the book on World Elephant Day,” Ms Clow said.
“World Elephant Day is about elephants and how we can help them because they are an endangered species so it’s a special day.”
The book was partly crowdfunded to help keep it at an affordable price, while also ensuring there would be buyers.
I've been taking photos of elephants for over a decade and there are some photos of the first African elephants I ever saw in the wild in the book.Bobby-Jo Clow
“We were aiming for $16,000 but we managed to get just under $20,000 so we were able to give $3,500 straight to the Tsavo Trust. And every sale of the book, the profits and the royalties will be donated,” Ms Clow said.
She said the money would be used to aid conservation efforts like fueling a plane to monitor the Chyulu Hills National Park for signs of poaching.
Elephants are poached for their ivory which is seen as a status of wealth. Despite being misproven is also believed to have healing and aphrodisiac properties.
About every 15 minutes an elephant is poached for its ivory.
Officially, the book will be officially launched in Sydney as it’s where most of the contributed writers are from, Ms Clow said, but will be sold at numerous outlets across Australia from Friday.
“I’ve been taking photos of elephants for over a decade and there are photos of some of the first African elephants I ever saw in the wild in the book,” she said.
“My husband saw it and he’s been following my photography for the whole time and he was still very, very proud.”
A popular comment had been excitement over the book containing both African and Asian elephants, Ms Clow said.
“African elephants have got the looks but Asian elephants have got the personality,” she said.
‘Reflections of Elephants’ is available from Melbourne Books.