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Alex Chantecaille's Elephant Adventure in Kenya

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¡°Seeing a pride of elephants is one of the most elegant things you can imagine,¡± says Alex Chantecaille, reflecting on the spectacular ten-day safari she recently took through Kenya with her mother and father, Sylvie and Olivier.

This fall, the Chantecaille family collaborated with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to create an elephant-inspired makeup palette for their eponymous beauty line. ¡°We knew that illegal poaching was at a record high and we had read about what the Sheldricks were doing,¡± says Alex, the company¡¯s vice president of sales and promotions, of the family¡¯s pledge to raise funds (five percent of the palette¡¯s total proceeds) and awareness for the Nairobi-based charity¡ªone of the only organizations in the world to successfully rescue, rear, and release orphaned elephant calves into the wild.


Actress Keira Knightley feeds an orphaned elephant at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, June 2007.

As their involvement with the trust grew, so did their desire ¡°to see it with our own eyes,¡± Chantecaille continues. It was an adventure that took them from the foot of Mount Kenya (a region that offered the chance to view a host of free-roaming species more commonly seen at the zoo) to the Masai Mara National Reserve, back up north to the Borana Ranch & Safari Lodge, and finally to the Sheldricks¡¯ conservancy, with founder Daphne Sheldrick and her daughter Angela. Here, Alex¡¯s photo diary.

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