It's no secret that if the years of working in this industry did anything positive for our owner Charlie Sammut, it provided a fondness and love for working with African Elephants. We
are therefore dedicating the remainder of our ranch to E.A.R.S. in an attempt to become the main location for some of the animals it may come in contact with needing homes in the future.
Next we implemented a full time educational program with our young elephant, "Lisa", called "AN ELEPHANT ENCOUNTER" which is now touching students and audiences throughout central California. This program will benefit the animals at Wild Things and E.A.R.S..
We are currently allowing our elephants to participate in noninvasive studies that we feel will benefit the national data base. This in turn will better the lives of all elephants in
captivity, including our own. Veterinarians and students from universities across the country are invited to study our group of elephants as well as receive samples (blood, stool, and/or urine) for their work. The
captive population of African elephants is very threatened by our inability to successfully breed in captivity. Should tragedy strike in the wild, we could loose the species entirely therefore, we feel the captive
elephant population is an insurance to all elephants and that all responsible captive elephant managers are obligated to participate in any scientific programs which might minimize this risk.