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Animal Care

TZ Productions takes great pride in the care that our animals receive and the conservation efforts we take to ensure that our patrons continue to have the option of witnessing our beautiful circus animals. Our performances contain both domestic and exotic animals on a regular basis. We are proud that our circus has been a leader in animal care techniques and research. Our circus’ animal care
standards exceed governmental regulation, and provide a harmonious haven in which humans and animals can live and work together. Our circus animals are spared the trials and dangers of fighting for survival in the wild.

The elephants you may see in our current performances are female Asian elephants. They inhabit the forests of India and Southeast Asia, including a small area of the Island of Borneo. Elephants have lived everywhere, except Australia and Antarctica, from sea level to heights of more than 12,000 feet, in habitats ranging from deserts to rain forests to glaciers. Forest-dwelling elephants spend most of their lives in the shade. Elephants are at home in deep water and can swim for six hours at a time.

In elephant society, bulls (males) and cows (females) do not live together in family herds. Instead, bulls spend most of their time alone or in the company of other bulls, while cows and calves are normally seen together. An old female, known as the matriarch, who is likely to be a grandmother or even a
great-grandmother, leads such cow and calf herds.

Human populations, desperate for wood products, farmland, and living space and ivory, have crowded these animals out of their natural habitat.

During the 19th Century British and Dutch colonialists began clearing dense jungles and slaughtering elephants to cultivate the world – famous Ceylonese tea.
About 20 years ago, poaching of elephants was rampant. As many as 300 elephants a day were being slaughtered for their tusks. Ivory is certainly a beautiful substance-smooth and cool to the touch, easily carved but durable. If the raw material was collected from elephants that had died of old age, when their tusks had reached their maximum size, who could object? Sadly, however the truth is that more blood-both human and elephant has been spilled in the quest for this “white gold” than for any other raw material.

Studies have shown that elephants live longer traveling in circuses than they do in zoos or in the wild as they have a constant change of scenery that helps stimulate these intelligent animals. The exercise that they get from performing and giving elephant rides keeps them physically healthy and improves their longevity.

They are fed daily and watered at least 5 times a day. Their diet consists of grain, hay (which they have 24 hours a day), fresh fruits and vegetables. They are bathed daily and their toenails are trimmed once a month.

At home our elephants have 10 acres and a pond to play in when the weather permits. In bad weather they have a large indoor exercise area.

Our training methods are based on positive reinforcement, such as food rewards and words of praise. The relationship between animals and humans is built on mutual respect, trust and affection. The greatest and most widespread issue today is the welfare and preservation of these precious elephants and tigers. All of the elephants that you see today have been acquired in strict accordance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) treaty to which the United States and other countries are party.

We are visited regularly by the United States Department of Agriculture, which carefully reviews our housing, feeding, housekeeping and ventilation practices.

We feel it is important that you respect these animals as wild creatures and join us in supporting conservation of all endangered wildlife.

If you would like more information about preservation and protection of these beautiful animals please ask one of our trainers or write the Circus Office at 2317 S Hall St, Webb City, MO 64870.

 

Animal Conservation Efforts

TZ Productions has not only been a leader in the enhancement of animal care in captivity, we are also proud to partner with conservation projects in the wild.

RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT

As a responsible elephant manager, we are Gold Level Institutional member of the Elephant Manager's Association. TZ Productions' support of organizations such as the EMA are crucial to improving not only the knowledge base of information, but the communication between elephant managers worldwide. Furthermore, TZ Productions supports the EMA's various conservation programs.

DOMESTIC CONSERVATION EFFORTS

TZ Productions also supports the Two Tails Ranch and it's All About Elephants program. This conservation and awareness program has been developed by Patricia Zerbini, daughter of producer
Tarzan Zerbini. The facility is open to the public for tours, educational seminars and exhibitions. Two Tails Ranch has been a crucial facility in the research and development of elephant breeding in the US.

Over the years the ranch has joyfully participated in the the breeding and birth of multiple baby elephants for various organizations, and has recently begun development of it's own captive breeding
program with members of our own herd. More information on the Two Tails Ranch and our All About Elephants program can be found at allaboutelephants.com.

INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION EFFORTS

In 2014, TZ Productions formed a new supporting and participating relationship with the Asian Elephant Support group... a not-for-profit organization supporting multiple conservation programs world-wide.

In a joint decision between AES and TZ Productions, our supporting project of choice is the Conservation Response Units in Sumatra. The project is provides census and tracking information of
one of the world's most interesting elephant populations.

Not only have we provided significant annual contributions directly to the AES, we are always eager to offer our staff's knowledge and decades of expertise in support of these projects.

More information on AES can be found at asianelephantsupport.org.  If you love elephants and believe as we do that being able to witness the wonders of these beautiful animal in person is important, we encourage you to support our public AES fundraiser by donating what you can at helptheelephants.com.  By donating through this third-party site, it helps us prove the awareness value that our public and educational performances bring to the preservation of elephants in the wild and the hopes that future generations to continue to enjoy learning more about elephants through those thriving happily in captivity.

TOURING EFFORTS

Our family friendly circus is a perfect environment to educate both adults and children alike. There is no other place where the general public can witness the the natural abilities of these magnificent animals and and the developed trust with their human partners. TV, videos and books cannot provide the perspective that witnessing circus animals up close and personal can.

At our events, patrons learn about our animals through announcements and other media. Our MC and production staff encourage visitors visit not only our websites, but also the websites of our conservation partners in hopes that they will contribute directly to the projects.

To further support our various conservation projects, TZ Productions is proud to state that a portion of the monies from our animal ride operations are used to directly fund these efforts. Not only do our animal rides provide a valuable exercise opportunity for our animals, it also allows them to directly support their relatives in the wild.