Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze! is at the Cow Palace this weekend! The entire family will enjoy the antics of 110 performers, 95 different animals and the chance to clown around in Daly City.
The evening starts with an enlightening all-access pre-party where kids of all ages have the opportunity to visit with the animals as they are preparing for the show. After visiting the animals everyone can experience clowning around right in the center ring with the shows performers, dress up in their beautiful costumes for photos and join Mable, the youngest elephant for a pachyderm painting party!
This show is mesmerizing entertainment from start to finish. From soaring acrobats to beautiful animals, little minds become engaged and questions start flying. Animal Care Specialist Ryan Henning took time to answer questions from The Examiner:
Examiner: How did you come to train elephants?
Ryan: I came to Ringling with some of my families animals (camels) 10 yrs. ago. As soon as I arrived on the show, I fell in love with these magnificent creatures and started working with and around the elephants.
Examiner: How do you acquire your elephants?
Nowadays, all of our elephants are born and raised at our Center For Elephant Conservation, (CEC) located in central Florida. We have had 26 babies born into our breeding program since the early 90's and we're expecting many more on the way! Between our 3 traveling circuses and our CEC, we have the largest sustainable herd of captive Asia elephants in the Western Hemisphere; Totaling 44 Asian elephants.
Examiner: If they are separated from their families, how do they adjust?
Our elephants remain with their family members until they become older and independent. At that point they venture off on their own and meet new elephant friends.
Examiner: Is Mable the only elephant who paints?
In our show, Mable is the only elephant that paints.
Examiner: In the Oakland performance, Mable did not carry a performer. Is that because she is young?
That is correct. Mable did not have a rider on her back because she is still young. Once she becomes a little older and we will start working with her and see if she is comfortable having a rider on her back.
Examiner: Do you ever have African Elephants in your circus, or just Asian elephants?
Here at the Greatest Show On Earth, our Center For Elephant Conservation is committed to Asian elephants because they are such highly endangered species, whereas African elephants are threatened to be endangered. There are less than 25,000 Asian elephants left in the entire world. We want to ensure that these magnificent creatures will be around for many generations to come. Our slogan is: Endangered Species? Not If We Can Help It.
Examiner: How do you feel about the animal rights protestors who stand at the entrance to the shows?
Ringling is a large target simply because we have the most successful Asian elephant breeding program (26) and the largest herd of Asian elephants (44). The extremist groups receive a lot of attention going after the "Greatest Show On Earth" and that’s why they do so. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that’s why we have our Animal Open house prior to every performance, giving everyone the opportunity to get up close and personal to these amazing creatures and just by looking at them you'll see how healthy, happy, alert and thriving they are. Our animals are living longer, healthier, happier lives in captivity because we provide them with fresh food and water, daily exercise, the best veterinary care, a large herd to socialize with, safety and so much more. Our animal care team is made up of the best individuals from around the world, providing all of our animals with the absolute highest standards of care.
Elephants are just like people and our pets at home in the sense that they all have their own unique personalities and characteristics. The younger elephants are so energetic, curious and playful and the older elephants are much more relaxed. Our youngest elephant here on the show is 7 yr. old Mable. Everyday she is making me laugh. The way she plays with her food, tires, logs as well, with the other elephants. She has so much character and such a great personality. Working with these animals is a huge responsibility and opportunity. I wouldn't trade my job for anything else in the world.
You can meet Mable and experience the fun this weekend at the Cow Palace.
Thursday, August 29 7:30 PM
Friday, August 30 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 31 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 1 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, September 2 11:30 AM & 3:30 PM
Ticket prices range from $20 - $110 with special Opening Night discount tickets available for only $15 each. Tickets are available for purchase online at Ticketmaster, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.