Shrine Circus

Shrine Circus

April 28, 2016 08:00 ET

Shrine Circus Elephants, Marie and Shelly, to Help Their Endangered Friends in Sumatra

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 28, 2016) -

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Who would have thought that elephants could be Canadian ambassadors for their endangered friends in Sumatra? While zoos across Canada are shipping their old elephant friends out of the country, the U.S. based Tarzan Zerbini Circus will be returning to Canada once again with a lifelong pair of elephant companions, Shelly and Marie. The Shrine Circus will be performing its Spectac! 2016 show in various locations throughout the province of Ontario between June 24 and August 21, 2016. The Shrine Circus remains committed to conservation and helping animal loving Canadians witness and learn about the wonders of these amazing elephants in an up-close experience.

"These girls have been a part of the Zerbini family for decades. We are absolutely committed to their health, wellbeing and quality of life. And this shows in their affection for us", states ringmaster and family member Joseph Bauer. Bauer adds, "Acting as they do as ambassadors for their species, Shelly and Marie bring awareness to the challenges that elephants face world-wide and of the elephant conservation programs that are always short of funds".

The Zerbini Circus family has been producing circuses and working with both domestic and exotic animals for over 250 years world-wide. They are recognized for pioneering significant improvements in the care and training of elephants especially, and have built a non-profit animal care and retirement facility in sunny central Florida called "Two Tails Ranch".

There is no question that while Canada is sending elephants south of the border, thousands of Canadians would not learn as much about elephants, and the need to support world-wide conservation programs such as AES (Asian Elephant Support Group). There is a host of compelling information online on the urgent need for help with the elephant crisis in Sumatra.

Most significantly, with Shelly and Marie's help, the circus urges its patrons and all friends of conservation to understand and contribute to efforts aimed at ensuring that elephants are protected and can thrive in the wild. Tarzan Zerbini himself has created a crowdfunding initiative for Sumatran elephant conservation where contributors are directly linked to the "Asian Elephant Support Group" through

For more information on the dates and times for the Shrine Circus and this year's "Spectac! 2016" cities and shows, please visit their website at

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