Uma Chirotarrab, a fifth-grader at Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills, has loved elephants her entire life.
Her passion goes beyond collecting stuffed animals – Uma wants to protect and preserve the majestic creatures.
In lieu of birthday gifts for several years, she has requested donations to the Tusk Foundation, a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife and alleviates poverty through sustainable development and education in Africa.
This year the results of the Great Elephant Census were published, Uma said, revealing that the population of African savanna elephants in 18 countries decreased 30 percent in seven years.
The sobering census results motivated Uma further to help save the elephants.
After a successful experience raising more than $500 downtown last year, Uma hopes to educate more residents this year.
With the help of fellow Gardner Bullis students, Uma plans to set up a table on Main Street in front of the now-closed Miyo Yogurt 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to share about the plight of the elephants and solicit donations for the Tusk Foundation.
Her table will include informational posters in English and Chinese about the importance of preserving elephants as wells as free cookies to draw in donors.