Render Loyalty Donates 100% Proceeds Toward Saving Elephants

There’s never been a more dangerous time to be an elephant. These majestic creatures are keystone species in Africa, meaning that other species within the ecosystem largely depend on elephants to create and maintain that ecosystem. Their disappearance could collapse the ecosystem itself. The elephant’s ivory has been prized and desired for thousands of years. Recently, demand is reaching a fever pitch as Chinese wealth is fueling a new customer supply for the ivory market. This coupled with humanity’s ever-increasing need for more land now has the elephant wildlife population in danger of going extinct by 2025. All of this and more is inspiring photographer and conservationist KT Merry to ensure her nonprofit Render Loyalty donates 100% proceeds toward saving elephants.

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Merry founded Render Loyalty, a limited-edition series of fine art photography of Earth’s threatened wildlife. This year, Merry offered two one-night only events in New York on November 17th at White Space Chelsea and Los Angeles on December 1 at Pacific Design Center. At each, Merry debuted signed, first edition fine art prints of her series from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (LEWA) and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) respectively. Imagery showcases the megaherbivores in the wild. Many scenes display the undeniable similarities between elephants and humans: from playful moments between brothers to tableaux of compassion and caring among the herd.

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From KT Merry & Render Loyalty DSWT series: 'Tiny Trumpeter' DSWT Series No 2 and 'Connection' DSWT Series No 12.

From KT Merry & Render Loyalty DSWT series: ‘Tiny Trumpeter’ DSWT Series No 2 and ‘Connection’ DSWT Series No 12.

Vanichi was on the scene at the one-night only event in Los Angeles. Each photograph is printed on Hahnemühle fine art cotton rag photographic paper and hand-signed.

Proceeds from the sales of the limited-edition prints are going to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). Last year, 20,000 African elephants were killed solely for their tusks. This more than the amount of elephants that were born and the poaching left several infants orphaned. DSWT is a haven for elephant and rhino orphans and to date has hand-raised over 150 elephant infants. The Trust also works to increase community awareness about poaching and provide veterinary assistance to animals in need.

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Render Loyalty founders Chad Keffer and KT Merry

“Some of the most majestic creatures on our planet — elephants, tigers, rhinos — may be extinguished from Earth in as little as two generations. Render Loyalty is my journey as a photographer, conservationist and storyteller to reconnect mankind to our fellow creatures through art and narrative that evokes compassion and inspires change,” says Render Loyalty Founder, KT Merry

Visit Render Loyalty to find out more about it and this limited editions series.