MEET FOUNDER, HOLLY BUDGE

Be inspired to think big when you meet Holly Budge. Her passion, purpose and self belief is contagious. She’s a badass adventurer with a couple of world records under her belt, including being the first woman to skydive Everest and race 1000km across Mongolia on semi-wild horses. She recently climbed to the summit of Everest and has raised over £400K for charities. She doesn’t stop there. Her passion for elephants and educating a global audience about the ivory trade is evident through her multi award-winning charity, How Many Elephants. Holly is gaining momentum quicker than a charging herd of elephants, both in the world of conservation and as a world class speaker.

MEET FOUNDER, HOLLY BUDGE

Be inspired to think big when you meet Holly Budge. Her passion, purpose and self belief is contagious. She’s a badass adventurer with a couple of world records under her belt, including being the first woman to skydive Everest and race 1000km across Mongolia on semi-wild horses. She recently climbed to the summit of Everest and has raised over £400K for charities. She doesn’t stop there. Her passion for elephants and educating a global audience about the ivory trade is evident through her multi award-winning charity, How Many Elephants. Holly is gaining momentum quicker than a charging herd of elephants, both in the world of conservation and as a world class speaker.

MAKING AN IMPACT

I feel passionate about championing the courageous work of female rangers. These women are protectors, educators and beacons of hope.

MAKING AN IMPACT

I feel passionate about supporting the courageous work of the Black Mambas Anti Poaching Unit in South Africa. These pioneering women are protectors, educators and beacons of hope. Armed only with pepper spray and handcuffs, they patrol hunting grounds of armed poachers who pose an imminent threat to the elephant species.

GAINING MOMENTUM

This was the year the wheels started to turn. Opportunities included a TEDx talk and speaking at Conservation Lab in Cape Town. Being listed in the San Miguel ‘Rich in Passion’ List and the North Face ‘She Moves Mountains’ Campaign, plus, spending time with the Black Mambas, an all female anti-poaching team in South Africa.

GAINING MOMENTUM

This was the year the wheels started to turn. Opportunities included a TEDx talk and speaking at Conservation Lab in Cape Town. Being listed in the San Miguel ‘Rich in Passion’ List and the North Face ‘She Moves Mountains’ Campaign, plus, spending time with the Black Mambas, an all female anti-poaching team in South Africa.

TOP OF THE WORLD

There is no better place than the summit of Everest for a spot of reflection! In 2017 I sat on the summit of Everest for 30 minutes, a rare privilege, with an endurance of 47 days above 5000m on the mountain. I use my adventures as a platform to raise funds for How Many Elephants and other initiatives.

TOP OF THE WORLD

There is no better place than the summit of Everest for a spot of reflection! In 2017 I sat on the summit of Everest for 30 minutes, a rare privilege, with an endurance of 47 days above 5000m on the mountain. I use my adventures as a platform to raise funds for How Many Elephants and other initiatives.

DEBUT EXHIBITION

Our debut exhibition launched in Brighton, UK. It caused quite a stir as it visualised the annual poaching rate of 35,000 elephants in a powerful art installation. Part of the originality of the exhibition is in its approach to avoid any gruesome or gory images. To connect with this data visually was highly impactful  and left our audience speechless!

DEBUT EXHIBITION

Our debut exhibition launched in Brighton, UK. It caused quite a stir as it visualised the annual poaching rate of 35,000 elephants in a powerful art installation. Part of the originality of the exhibition is in its approach to avoid any gruesome or gory images. To connect with this data visually was highly impactful  and left our audience speechless!

THE IDEA

Whilst I was studying for a Masters in Sustainable Design, I embarked on a passionate journey which led to How Many Elephants. It was the similar of vegetable ivory to elephant ivory that started me researching the African Elephant crisis. I was horrified by the statistics and wanted to find a powerful way to raise awareness.

THE IDEA

Whilst I was studying for a Masters in Sustainable Design, I embarked on a passionate journey which led to How Many Elephants. It was the similar of vegetable ivory to elephant ivory that started me researching the African Elephant crisis. I was horrified by the statistics and wanted to find a powerful way to raise awareness.

A LOVE AFFAIR

The translucent tones and unique textural appeal of vegetable ivory caught my eye. It’s a nut from the South American Rainforests which I was using in my professional practice as a designer and maker. I became fascinated by this small nut and a big story started to emerge.

A LOVE AFFAIR

The translucent tones and unique textural appeal of vegetable ivory caught my eye. It’s a nut from the South American Rainforests which I was using in my professional practice as a designer and maker. I became fascinated by this small nut and a big story started to emerge.

A LEAP OF FAITH

The first time I threw myself out of an aeroplane, my life changed forever. In that moment, I decided I wanted to work as a camera flyer. Eventually I landed my dream job which, on reflection, I refer to as the ‘boldness of youth’; I knew nothing about skydiving or filming but none of that mattered, I knew I could have a go at learning the skills I needed!

A LEAP OF FAITH

The first time I threw myself out of an aeroplane, my life changed forever. In that moment, I decided I wanted to work as a camera flyer. Eventually I landed my dream job which, on reflection, I refer to as the ‘boldness of youth’; I knew nothing about skydiving or filming but none of that mattered, I knew I could have a go at learning the skills I needed!

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