Home schoolers visit ranch

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Elephants, horses viewed

By Steve Jarboe

Members of the Williston Christian Home Schoolers were guests of the Two Trails Ranch on Tuesday Feb. 17. Ranch owner Patricia Zerbini led the group around the sprawling ranch to view the animals and learn, "All about Elephants."

That's right, since 1984 the elephants have been in Williston. The Two Tails Ranch was founded, designed and built in 1984 by Theodore H. Svertesky.

The ranch has been home to over 100 elephants over the years. They come to seek care, rehabilitation, temporary housing, retirement, and reproduction.

Patricia has been around animals her entire life coming from nine previous generations of animal handlers. Moving to Williston in 1985 Patricia and her partner started Two Trails Ranch. She has worked with both male and female Asian and African elephants on three different continents. Her passion remains to care for the animals she loves. She hopes the ranch and her educational programs will help to instill awareness and help to ensure elephants are still around for future generations to enjoy.

The ranch is available by appointment for all, including any schools, daycares, private parties, community groups, senior citizen groups, and animal lovers.

Besides the elephants residing at the ranch, there are mini donkeys, zebra, camels, a giant tortoise and the most beautiful Lipizzan stallion you will ever see. Linda Hermann put the stallion through some of his routines that the horse loved. Hermann is from the family that was responsible for bringing the first traveling show of Lipizzan horses to the United States in the early 1960s.

The ranch offers clinics, lectures, and hands on learning programs as a part of their commitment to the elephants. A museum located on the ranch has a large collection of prehistoric artifacts, fossils, memorabilia, and information about elephants and their ancestors dating back millions of years.

For information to learn "All about Elephants" and visit the Two Tails Ranch located at 18655 N.E. 81st St. just outside Williston, you can telephone Patricia Zerbini at 528-6585.