Elephant Parade Project

January 12, 2012

Tembusu College is a proud participant of the Elephant Parade Project 2011, which our Rector, Professor Tommy Koh, serves as patron. This project ties in very well with Tembusu's focus on sustainability and the fact that our five Houses are named after endangered species, one of which is the Asian elephant (Gaja House).

The project started with the adoption of two life-sized baby elephant sculptures that were painted, exhibited, and auctioned off by Sothebys to help raise awareness and funds towards the conservation of Asian elephants. Apart from painting the elephants, our students also played key roles as spotters and runners during the auction.

We are extremely delighted that our two elephants, Precious Ties and Blink of an Eye, raised $44000 and $9500 respectively, for the project. The buyer of Precious Ties, the Tang family, then generously donated the artwork back to the students of the college, so it could be displayed there in perpetuity with its companion.

For more information, visit the Elephant Parade Project


The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.