Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Painting with Pachyderms at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey!

Today we had the extraordinary opportunity to Paint With Pachyderms

We were greeted by our favorite clowns, always ready to share a smile!

Ashley Vargas, circus hostess extraordinaire, welcomed us to the event
and explained to us what we would get to do today!

Mabel and Baby, two of the talented Asian elephants from the show
came skipping out to paint with us!

We watched as these amazing animals painted a rainbow of colors onto their canvas!
We learned that they can pick up anything from a huge log to a tiny dime,
so holding onto a paintbrush is not a problem!

Then it was our turn to make our own masterpieces!
Jeremy painted a tiger elephant, and Kelsey created a rainbow rock.

It was so fun to have our clown friends there to paint along with us!

We enjoyed coming to the circus for an up-close and personal experience
with the amazing Asian elephants and their circus friends!
Thank you Ringling Bros!!

Here are some interesting facts we learned about the Ringling Bros. animals:

  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has more than 138 years of experience working with and caring for exotic and domestic animals.
  • The animals are fed fresh food which is shipped directly to the the arena from local sources.
  • Ringling Bros provides around-the-clock security for their animals - protection from other animals, natural predators, public harassment, vandalism and trespassers.
  • The relationship between the humans and animals that perform with Ringling Bros. is built on mutual respect and trust. Training methods are based on reward and repetition. Verbal or physical mistreatment is prohibited.
  • All animal enclosures were specially designed by the Ringling Bros. staff to meet the unique needs of each individual species.
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey joined other conservation-minded organizations, such as World Wildlife Fund, The Sierra Club and Wildlife Preservation Trust International, to oversee support and enactment of the Asian Elephant Conservation Act. Ringling Bros. is committed to and supports efforts with international conservation community and the United States Congress to continue funding for Asian elephant conservation.
  • The Asian elephant is in grave danger of extinction. Because of the care they receive, elephants in captivity live healthier and safer lives than their counterparts in the wild.
  • The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in Central Florida is a research, reproduction and retirement facility dedicated to the preservation of the Asian elephant.
For more info check out their websites!

*We were invited to this special event by Feld Entertainment. All opinions are our own!

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