Douglas Aja has been sculpting African wildlife since the late 1990s. Since that time he donates a portion of the sales proceeds to various conservation organizations as well as donates sculptures for fund raising events. Though he sculpts a variety of species, he specializes in the African elephant. Many elephants are known individuals from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. He has been a longtime supporter of Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE), ElephantVoices and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). In 2015 he donated a bronze sculpture (Orphans) to DSWT for a fund raising event hosted at London's Landmark Hotel. Recently he has begun supporting Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK) and Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF). In 2015, he designed and sculpted three bas relief plaques for Laikipia Wildlife Forum. These plaques are given to LWF donors in their highest three donor categories. Aja's bronze sculptures are in the private collections of elephant researchers Cynthia Moss and Joyce Poole, wildlife cinematographer Martyn Colbeck and the Bennington Center for the Arts. Some note worthy awards include a Medal of Excellence from Artists for Conservation at The Art of Conservation Exhibition 2016. The Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award for Realistic Sculpture at the Society of Animal Artists 54th Annual Members Exhibition, Art and the Animal 2014 and Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor from American Artists Professional League: 86th Grand National Exhibition 2014. In 2011 he won Wildscape Magazine's annual competition in the Professional Category and named Wildlife Artist of the Year 2011.