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Elephant Nanabi parades Juárez

Nomkhubulwane shows itself in City Juárez

The lifesize elephant artwork, the creation of world acclaimed South African sculptor Andries Botha, paraded down the Avenue of Technology in Ciudad Juarez on 25 February 2010, prompting the curiosity of hundreds of onlookers, young and old alike.

With dancing, singing and a colorful festival, spectators approached the elephant sculpture to take photographs of the elephant. The parade started at Central Park and ended in the parking lot of Plaza Juarez Mall where the elephant will remain on display from 25 February to 11 March.

The sculpture, over five meters tall and weighing well over a ton, and is named Nomkhbulwane in her home Africa, but is affectionately known in Mexico as Nanabi. This matriarch elephant brings the cause of The Human Elephant Foundation to the attention of audiences in North America. Created from recycled tires on a galvanized steel structure, she is intended to be a symbol of the fragility of the environment.

It is expected that she will attract the attention and interest of thousands of residents of Juarez during her stay.

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