Saturday, April 20, 2013

E is for Elephant

hope elephants
Elephant in Hope, Maine

Sorry to say the elephants are no longer in Hope. The  owner of the elephant preserve died and the elephants were moved out of state. 
Took a drive up to Hope, Maine this week to see the elephants. Yes, elephants. Yes, Maine.

The 2 elephants are circus rescues who are over 40 years old. They've got a big play yard and a nicely done barn where they live. They are Asian elephants so more acclimated to the cold than African elephants.

It's an excellent experience for everyone to hear the elephants' stories and to get a pretty close look at them feeding and hanging out together.

It's ok to bring food (apples, carrots, watermelon) but feeding the elephants is not allowed. The elephants do appreciate the gifts, though! Apples and carrots can be hidden in their outdoor area forcing them to 'find' their food rather than just 'get fed'.

Elephants need the stimulation of working and foraging to keep healthy and to ward off boredom.

They are not performing elephants so they aren't going to do tricks while you're there. 

For more information and to make an appointment to see the elephants, check the website - Hope Elephants

White Cedar Inn Bed and Breakfast 178 Main St Freeport, Maine 04032

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