Thursday, February 16, 2012

The circus is in town!

Tonight, several area bloggers and their families were treated to a special look at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus! The show was astounding and beautiful. Prior to our viewing of "Fully Charged", we got a behind-the-scenes look at the Animal Care Clinic. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey takes the welfare of their animals very seriously. They have numerous animal care staff who not only care for the animals' needs but also show a very obvious love for these gorgeous creatures.   

Some interesting facts about animal care at Ringling Bros.:
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has more than 140 years of experience working with and caring for exotic and domestic animals.
  • Training methods are based on reward and repetition in the form of food rewards and words of praise.
  • Ringling Bros. employs full-time staff veterinarians who administer veterinary care to all the animals. A local veterinarian is also on call 24 hours a day in each city where the show performs.
  • Our animals are transported in specially designed private railroad cars and under constant supervision.
  • Ringling Bros. is committed to and deeply involved in the conservation of exotic species. All of the Ringling Bros. animals are either captive-bred or were acquired in accordance with the Conference on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) or the Endangered Species Act.
  • The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the research, reproduction and retirement of this majestic species. In addition to the center Ringling Bros. operates a sanctuary in Central Florida that serves as a retirement facility for elephants. 

"Fully Charged" is at Phillips Arena in Atlanta through Monday, then it moves over to the Arena at Gwinnett Center for nine additional performances. It is a captivating and exciting show, and even our young daughter loved it. She could not believe she was so close to elephants, tigers, and more! Her eyes sparkled with joy as she giggled and clapped the whole way through.

Not in Atlanta? Find a Ringling Bros. show near you! Upcoming Fully Charged appearances will be in Charleston (both SC and WV), Cincinnati, Washington D.C., and Baltimore, among others.

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Note: I was given three complimentary passes to the animal care clinic and Fully Charged show. However, no post was required in return for the passes. I chose to share this information with you. All opinions are 100% mine.

Facts and photos from Ringling Bros.' press kit.

Next exciting Atlanta family activity? Princess day at the Georgia Aquarium! March 10th - check their website for more information!
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