A Unique Experience at Ringling Brother’s Elephant Brunch!

Getting ready to chow-down! 🙂

Next time the circus comes to your town, you may want keep your eyes and ears open to see if they will have the Elephant Brunch. Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus gave us the opportunity to see first-hand how these gentle giants eat!  While the beautiful Asian elephants are dining on fruit and bread, Ringling Brothers offers a Q&A session with a lot of great information.  As you can imagine, the children really got into it! They started cheering loudly when the elephants smashed watermelon with their feet to get to into their treat! Some parents pulled their kids out of school early since was such a fun and educational experience….clowns included! Tip: Bring a snack with the kids, they’ll feel like they’re dining right along with their new elephant friends!

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After!

The elephant brunch we attended was free and open to the public, so be sure to double-check before going.

Elephants on their way to eat!


Did you know???

An elephant’s favorite food is not Peanuts:

Elephants might eat a peanut but Ringling Bros.® doesn’t feed them to its elephants, because they are too high in fat and far too small. The elephant is the world’s biggest land animal and spends about 16 to 18 hours a day eating to make sure it stays that way! Ringling Bros. feeds its elephants 150-200 pounds of hay per elephant per day along with additional grains, fruits and vegetables.

 

Elephants are not afraid of mice:

If an elephant encountered a mouse, it would likely ignore it completely. The Ringling Bros. elephants are exposed to a huge variety of animals from small, domesticated cats and dogs, to horses, goats and llamas, so they are completely comfortable performing with other animals in front of large, noisy audiences.

 

Elephants live for almost as long as humans:

In the wild, a female elephant is lucky to reach 50 and males rarely live longer than 30 years. With the exceptional care of our expert animal care team, Ringling Bros.® elephants may live for 50 or 60 years.

 

Ringling Bros. has an elephant conservation center!

Some of the elephants that perform for Ringling Bros. are born and later retire at the conservation center.

For more details visit:  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation® 

Source: http://www.ringling.com/