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Marie and Shelly, Our Circus Elephants, to Help Their Endangered Friends in Sumatra

The Royal Canadian Circus will be performing over the long weekend (May 20 – 23) at Spruce Meadows. Visit the website to see their full touring schedule and purchase tickets. The Royal Canadian Circus last minute relocation to the Town of Olds Alberta, from Fort McMurry, and the free benefit performance put on by the cast and crew of the show raised over $15,000 for Fort McMurray relief in this small Alberta community.

Marie and Shelly - Royal Cdn CircusCALGARY, AB – Who would have thought that Elephants could have Canadian ambassadors? While zoos across Canada are shipping their old elephant friends out of the country, the US-based Tarzan Zerbini Circus will be returning once again with a lifelong pair of elephant companions, Shelly and Marie. This circus remains committed to conservation and helping animal loving Canadians witness and learn about the wonders of these amazing elephants in an up-close experience.

“These girls have been a part of the Zerbini family for decades.  We are absolutely committed to their health, wellbeing and quality of life. And this shows in their affection for us”, states ringmaster and family member Joseph Bauer.  Bauer adds, “Acting as they do as ambassadors for their species, Shelly and Marie bring awareness to the challenges that elephants face world-wide and of the elephant conservation programs that are always short of funds”.

Marie-and-Shelly2015The Zerbini Circus family has been producing circuses and working with both domestic and exotic animals for over 250 years world-wide. They are recognized for pioneering significant improvements in the care and training of elephants especially, and have built a non-profit animal care and retirement facility in sunny central Florida called “Two Tails Ranch”.

There is no question that while Canada is sending elephants south of the border, thousands of Canadians would not learn as much about elephants, and the need to support world-wide conservation programs such as AES.  There is a host of compelling information online on the urgent need for help with the elephant crisis in Sumatra.

Most significantly, with Shelly and Marie’s help, the circus urges its patrons and all friends of conservation to understand and contribute to efforts aimed at ensuring that elephants are protected and can thrive in the wild.  Tarzan Zerbini himself has created a crowdfunding initiative for Sumatran elephant conservation where contributors are directly linked to the “Asian Elephant Support Group” through www.HelpTheElephants.com.


ZERBINI-ELEPHANTS-imgAsian Elephant Support (AES) is a U.S. Non-profit foundation dedicated to the care and conservation of Asian elephants in their range countries, and to the people whose lives are intertwined with this magnificent and endangered species. Elephants throughout Southeast Asia need help from donors.

Source The Royal Canadian Circus

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