Sunday, November 4, 2012


Explorers Club flag designed by founding member
Frederick S. Dellenbaugh 

Superstorm Sandy forced Tusk USA to shift venue for its inaugural Friends of Tusk fundraising gala from flooded Tribeca to higher ground. On very short notice, the Explorers Club opened its doors for a reception at which guests heard Bryan Christy, author of the recent National Geographic cover story "Blood Ivory," spoke about his investigation of global markets for decorative and religious carved ivory that help drive illegal trafficking. John Heminway presented a clip from his documentary "Battle for the Elephants." 

An art sale at the event, which raised in excess of $200,000 to support Tusk's programs, featured Nick Brandt's photograph "Ranger with Tusks of Killed Elephant"; a sculpture of a lion by British artist Tatyana Murray; and a Gustav Manz sterling cuff—donated in support of Tusk's 3650 Campaign. 

Elephant mother and calves 
Photo (c) by Nick Brandt

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