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Circus coming to town, thanks for Kiwanis Club

Staff reports

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Gardnerville/Carson Valley Kiwanis Club, Culpepper and Merriweather Circus, an old-fashioned, “Big Top” circus, is coming to Gardnerville, Monday, May 29, at Lampe Park.

In addition to two scheduled 1-1/2 hour performances at 2 and 4 p.m., there will be a special free presentation at 10 a.m. on circus morning. This show will feature the two largest members of the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus family, African elephants Barbara and Connie.

The 45-minute Endangered Species Show is open to the public and offered at no charge. The idea for the show came form the desire of the management and staff of the circus to introduce these magnificent animals and their amazing intelligence to the public.

“Staff members present information about the disappearance of wild habitat that has made these animals an overpopulated endangered species. Also, details about the care they receive at the circus, including hygiene, grooming and veterinary attention, are discussed,” a circus spokesperson said.

In recent years, the Endangered Species Show has become a popular program for school field trips and the public at large, and it is presented in a way that young and old alike can enjoy and learn about these wonderful creatures, he said.