Hope Elephants loom large as adventures series continues

Jan 30, 2014
Retired circus performers Rosie and Opal receive specialized care courtesy of Hope Elephants, located in Hope. In 2013, the non-profit organization welcomed more than 17,000 visitors to its facility as part of its mission to ensure the survival of earth’s largest living land animals.

Camden — Quarry Hill will launch its winter-spring 2014 Adventures in Living Well series with a presentation by Hope Elephants Director Andrew Stewart Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Penobscot Bay YMCA on Union Street in Rockport.

Co-sponsored by the YMCA and specially designed for adults age 55-plus, the program will be offered free of charge.

Illustrating his remarks with slides, Stewart will share the history and mission of Hope Elephants, discuss the pressures affecting elephants’ survival worldwide, and describe the non-profit organization’s involvement in efforts to protect the giant land animals. Light refreshments will be served.

Stewart worked as a safari guide in Botswana after graduating with a degree in animal biology from the University of St. Andrews in his native Scotland. He developed an interest in elephants and, after moving to Maine, moonlighted as an assistant handler at Hope Elephants while running Hope General Store. He was named director of Hope Elephants in September 2013.

Registration is required for Stewart’s presentation. To sign up or for more information, call Quarry Hill at 230-6116.

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