Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Painting with Pachyderms! SO Much Fun! @RinglingBros #Elephants

My family got a once in a lifetime chance to do something unbelievable today!

We were invited to visit up close and personal with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus elephants at the Honda Center!   We were invited to have an art class with two of their many Asian Elephants! 

The elephants in the wild tend to be curious and creative with sticks and other "toys".  Mabel and Baby both used to use sticks and mud to doodle when they were calves.  Their handlers saw this and "captured" a real behavior and asked them to do it when their was paints/easels available.  The paintings are given away or auctioned off to help elephant conservation! 

Mabel was born at the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey ranch in Florida.  She is one of 26 elephants born there.

The elephants today Baby and Mabel showed us two things that I didn't know elephants could do!  Elephants are great artists with paint and I had no idea they could skip!

My kids were in awe of the gentle giants!  They had never seen elephants close up or even closer that a couple hundred feet!  Now all  they can talk about how beautiful the animals are.  They have drawn several pictures of elephants since this morning and have shown their elephant pictures to all of the neighbors!
My children have unforgettable memories of painting with elephants and getting to see them up close!  Isn't that what being a parent is all about?  Making memories to last a lifetime.

I am aware that most people are animal lovers and would never want to see an animal in distress or unhappy.  I go to places like the zoos and circuses because I looked into the care and happiness of the animals at the respective organizations before I go.  

A portion of the each ticket is contributed solely to support the conservation of elephants. To learn more about the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation, please visit their website here at  
The truth is that the elephants are given round the clock care.  They have extremely close relationships with their handlers and seem to genuinely enjoy performing. 

Here are a few facts that you might not know about the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Elephants:
  • only elephants that seem to really enjoy performing are asked to perform
  • the Asian elephant has been working closely with humans for thousands of years and has a rich history
  • a positive and healthy environment is the only acceptable way of training
  • circuses and zoos bring more awareness of the wild elephants endangerment in the wild
  • the Asian elephant is on the brink of extinction! only 35,000 remain in the world
I hope that you enjoyed our day at Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey circus as much as we did.  I hope that more awareness of elephants in captivity is made so that we may protect our remaining wild elephants.

DISCLAIMER:  My family received  an invitation to come and talk with Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus elephant experts and paint with their elephants.  All thoughts are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.


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