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!
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 www.elephantcenter.com.
- 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