There’s a brand new addition to the Haddonfield Children’s Sculpture Zoo! This bronze baby elephant weighing in at 450 pounds made its debut today, August 5th, and is modeled after a real-life orphaned baby elephant in Kenya.
The sculpture was unveiled today which is also the real-life elephant’s 7th birthday. The baby elephant was found wandering Kenya’s remote Ndotto hills at just 48 hours old. Confused, alone and scared in a throng of sheep and goats, the little elephant was rescued by local tribesmen, rehabilitated at the world-renowned Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and named Baby Ndotto – “our little dream.”
The sculpture was created by acclaimed Australian sculptors Gillie and Marc. It was crafted in China in early 2021, and is 54 inches tall, 54 inches long, and 35 inches wide. It joins the other Zoo residents including a bronze life-size giraffe, bunny, toad and sea lion, and a bench of lions and griffins at the Haddonfield Children’s Sculpture Zoo.
Fun fact: this is one of three life-size versions of Ndotto; the other two are located in New York and London.
“With the generous support of donors, HOST has been fortunate to acquire many beautiful sculptures for free public enjoyment,” says Stuart Harting, founder and chair of HOST. “These are all welcome opportunities to enjoy art in a beautiful setting, take selfies, engage in social media, and learn more about art and the world around us. The Children’s Sculpture Zoo has been especially popular during the pandemic.”
Click here for the outdoor sculpture map to check out Ndotto and his buddies!