Elephants in Florida?! Where to get up-close and personal with elephants in the sunshine state.

Florida With Five Blogs

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=1ajlAo_0bUMftAa00
The elephants of Myakka Elephant RanchFlorida With Five

Elephants in Florida? Where?!

Look no further than Myakka Elephant Ranch in Myakka City, Florida. The ranch is a non-profit conservation center that strives to educate their guests about elephant conservation “from tusk to tail”. We had they joy of visiting Myakka Elephant Ranch not too long ago and have been wanting to go back ever since.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=2HoXvs_0bUMftAa00
Up close with an African ElephantFlorida With Five

Home to both Asian and African elephants, the ranch offers once in a lifetime experiences to get up close and personal with one of the world’s largest mammals. For our visit, we chose to do the “spa encounter”. During this encounter, the hosts brought in both and Asian and African elephant. They talked about conservation efforts going on throughout the world, and educated us on the animals. They were also eager to answer any questions that we had.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0vVt9C_0bUMftAa00
Our son Myles hosing off an African elephantFlorida With Five

After the education part of the experience came the spa session. One-by-one we were selected and called up to get close to the animals and participate in giving them a bath. We first rinsed the elephants, and then scrubbed them using soap and a broom-like brush. Afterwards we again rinsed them. It was astonishing how cooperative the animals were with us, and surreal to be so close to them.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0KC3iZ_0bUMftAa00
Our daughter Lucy giving an Asian elephant a pedicureFlorida With Five

Our daughter’s favorite part by far was “doing the elephant’s nails”. There is special care that is required for their feet, and she got to put it on using a paintbrush. Never in a million years did I think that any of us would be giving an elephant a pedicure!

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0PqYv0_0bUMftAa00
Two of our boys scrubbing down an Asian elephantFlorida With Five

After the spa treatment, the hosts allowed more questions and even gave everyone ample opportunities to get photographs with the elephants.

If this sounds like something that you would like to do, you can book an encounter right from the Myakka Elephant Ranch website! Adults are $90, children 5-8 are $70, and children 4 and under are free!

Currently the ranch is closed for renovations, but they are taking bookings for November!

This is original content from NewsBreak’s Creator Program. Join today to publish and share your own content.

Comments / 1

Published by

We take you with on our adventures throughout the state and give you our 100% honest opinions.

Orlando, FL
150 followers

More from Florida With Five Blogs

Comments / 0