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"Seeing the Elephant" Saturdays
An all-day, educational visit to PAWS' ARK 2000 Sanctuary
During the California Gold Rush, the Forty-Niners seeking to make their fortune embraced the idea of “seeing the elephant.” This was not an actual elephant, but a representation of the great perils and challenges they would face as they traveled west. Those turning back claimed they had seen the “elephant’s tracks” or the “elephant’s tail,” and confessed they’d seen more than enough of the “animal.” For Gold Rushers, the elephant symbolized the high cost of their endeavor and, at the end of their journey, an unequaled experience and adventure of a lifetime.
Visit PAWS’ 2,300-acre ARK 2000 sanctuary in the heart of California’s Gold Country for our unique “Seeing the Elephant” educational experience. We are located in the Gold Rush town of San Andreas in Calaveras County, where “seeing the elephant” is once again an unequaled experience.
“Seeing the Elephant” educational visits are offered on select Saturdays for a limited number of people.
What to Expect
Participants will observe the elephants as they roam their spacious, natural habitats set amid the rolling hills of California’s Gold Country. At the same time, you will hear about their life histories, individual personalities, behaviors, and overall care and management.You also will learn about the stark differences between elephants’ natural lives and their experiences in captivity. The program includes a demonstration of positive-reinforcement training (Protected Contact) with one of our bull elephants and a visit to our state-of-the-art Pat Derby Animal Wellness Center.
At the end of the day, you will have gained unique insights into the amazing lives of elephants and the importance of conserving these remarkable animals in the wild for generations to come.
• Check-in for Saturday’s “Seeing the Elephant” visit begins promptly at 8:45 a.m. at the front gate of the ARK 2000 sanctuary.
• Meet our senior management team who will guide you through the sanctuary.
• Embark on an “insider’s” tour of the elephant habitats and learn all about our elephants.
• A plant-based picnic lunch will be served. Dine outdoors (weather permitting) with a view of the elephants.
• Later in the day, visit our rescued tigers and bears, hear the animals’ stories, and learn about their journey to ARK 2000.
Donation price: $400 per person
INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS
To make your pre-paid reservation for a "Seeing the Elephant" Saturday, contact Kim Gardner, PAWS' Director of Programs, at (916) 539-5305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I get to ARK 2000?
Q. Is there much walking?
Visits are rain or shine!
Q. Can I bring my pet?
Please leave your pets at home. We do not allow any pets on the property, including the parking lots!
Q. Are reservations required?
A. Yes. Pre-paid reservations are required and can be made by calling PAWS Director of Programs Kim Gardner at (916) 539-5305 or emailing email@example.com.
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