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Our Animal Loving Circus:

McLaren Circus has a variety of beautiful animals. It is a great privilege to live work with our beautiful animals. They play an important part in the circus. Their well-being is of utmost importance as they are part of the circus family.

Our animals are transported comfortably between venues. Careful attention is focused on their diets. They exercise, are groomed and their enclosures are kept clean daily. Veterinary care and good nutrition is also provided for our animals.

WHAT ANIMALS DOES MCLAREN CIRCUS HAVE?
MCLAREN CIRCUS IS A TRADITIONAL CIRCUS AND INCLUDES A VARIETY OF BEAUTIFUL PERFORMING ANIMALS. OUR CIRCUS PROGRAM INCLUDES; DOGS, GOATS, MINIATURE HORSES, CAMELS, WELSH PONIES, FRIESIAN HORSES, PYTHONS, ALLIGATORS AND LIONS.
HOW DOES MCLAREN CIRCUS ENSURE THE HIGHEST QUALITY ANIMAL WELFARE?
MCLAREN CIRCUS HAS ALWAYS MAINTAINED A HIGH STANDARD OF ANIMAL CARE. ALL ARE ANIMALS RECEIVE LOVE AND CARE, 24 HOURS A DAY. WE CONSULT WITH VETERINARIANS THROUGHOUT SOUTH AFRICA TO MAINTAIN THIS HIGH STANDARD. CAREFUL ATTENTION IS PAID TO ALL OUR ANIMALS DIETS AND THEY RECEIVE FRESH DRINKING WATER, DAILY. OUR ANIMALS ARE EXERCISED ON A DAILY BASIS AND RECEIVE VARIOUS FORMS OF STIMULATION THROUGH TRAINING AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT.
WHERE DO YOU HOUSE YOUR ANIMALS AT MCLAREN CIRCUS?
ALL OUR ANIMALS ARE KEPT SAFE ON THE MCLAREN CIRCUS SITE. OUR HARDWORKING TEAM OF ANIMAL EXPERTS ENSURE OUR ANIMALS RECEIVE SHELTER, SHADE, BEDDING AND FRESH DRINKING WATER. OUR ANIMALS ROAM FREE, WITH THE OVERSIGHT OF AN ANIMAL GROOM AT CERTAIN SITES AND OUR BIG CATS ALWAYS HAVE A PLAY ENCLOSURE ATTACHED TO THEIR MAIN ENCLOSURE TRAILER.
HOW DOES MCLAREN CIRCUS SAFELY TRANSPORT YOUR ANIMALS?

ALL OUR ANIMALS ARE SAFTEY TRANSPORTED FROM VENUE TO VENUE IN SPECIALIZED TRAILERS. THE CIRCUS ONLY TRAVELS SHORT DISTANCES, FROM TOWN TO TOWN AND IN CITIES, SUBURB TO SUBURB. ALL OUR ANIMALS ARE ACCUSTOMED TO TRANSPORTATION AND NEVER SHOW SIGNS OF STRESS.

WHEN DO VETS CHECK UP ON THE ANIMALS AT MCLAREN CIRCUS?
THE CIRCUS HAS REGULAR VETERINARY INSPECTIONS. THESE ARE CONDUCTED BY VARIOUS VETERINARY SPECIALISTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. OUR CIRCUS VET HAS BEEN MONITORING OUR ANIMALS FOR MANY YEARS, HOWEVER WE DO CONSULT WITH OTHER VETS AND THIS HELPS US MAINTAIN A HIGH STANDARD OF ANIMAL CARE. ALL OUR ANIMALS RECEIVE THE NECESSARY INOCULATIONS AND ARE DE-WORMED ON A BI-ANNUAL BASIS. OUR ANIMALS HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE ALL TIMES.
WHAT DO THE MCLAREN CIRCUS ANIMALS EAT?
SPECIAL ATTENTION IS PAID TO ALL OUR ANIMALS DIETS. DAILY, THEY RECEIVE ONLY THE BEST, FRESH FOOD AND FEED WITH CLEAN DRINKING WATER. AS THE CIRCUS HAS NO SPONSORSHIP, YOU THE PUBLIC, HELP FUND US SO THAT WE CAN MAINTAIN AND CARE FOR OUR BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS.
HOW CAN I GET CLOSER TO THE MCLAREN CIRCUS ANIMALS AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM?
MCLAREN CIRCUS OFFERS EDUCATIONAL ANIMAL TOURS. THESE ARE HELD ON REQUEST, AND CANE BE ORANISED DIRECTLY AT OUR TICKET OFFICE.
MANY TOWNS ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA DO NOT HAVE ANY IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO GAME RESERVES, ZOOS OR ANIMAL PARKS. FOR MANY PEOPLE, THE CIRCUS IS THE ONLY PLACE TO SEE ANIMALS AND LEARN ABOUT THEM. THE MCLAREN CIRCUS HAS EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION BOARDS DISPLAYED AT ALL THE CIRCUS ANIMAL’S ENCLOSURES.
THE CIRCUS ALSO PRESENTS FREE EDUCATIONAL ANIMAL TOURS AFTER CERTAIN MATINEE PERFORMANCES. HERE THE PUBLIC CAN WALK AROUND AND LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS, CHILDREN CHARITIES AND CRECHES ARE WELCOME TO EXPERIENCE OUR EDUCATIONAL ANIMAL TOURS. IF YOU ARE A SCHOOL, HOME OR CRECHE AND WOULD LIKE AN EDUCATIONAL TOUR, KINDLY VISIT OUR TICKET OFFICE OR EMAIL BOOKINGS@MCLARENCIRCUS.CO.ZA. RESERVATIONS WILL NEED TO MADE AT LEAST TWO DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR PROPOSED TOUR DATE.

HOW DO YOU TEACH THE ANIMALS AT MCLAREN CIRCUS TO PERFORM?
ALL OUR ANIMALS ARE TRAINED BY MEANS OF POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT, PATIENCE AND LOVE.
THIS MEANS, OUR ANIMALS RECEIVE A REWARD AND PRAISE FOR ANY POSITIVE ACTION DISPLAYED. NEGATIVE BEHAVIOUR IS SIMPLY IGNORED.

WITH TIME, PATIENCE AND REPETITION, THE ANIMAL WILL UNDERSTAND THE COMMAND AND REWARD. OUR ANIMALS ARE ONLY TRAINED TO PERFORM TO THEIR NATURAL ABILITIES. THEY DO NOT PERFORM ANYTHING UNNATURAL. THE POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT TRAINING METHOD IS ENCOURAGED AND SUPPORTED BY ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS. OUR ANIMALS CAN BE SEEN ENJOYING THEIR PERFORMANCES AND YOU CAN WITNESS THIS WHEN YOU EXPERIENCE OUR SPECTACULAR SHOW.

DO ANY AUTHORITIES INSPECT THE MCLAREN CIRCUS ANIMALS?
THE MCLAREN CIRCUS DOES RECEIVE INSPECTIONS FROM VARIOUS ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN AFRICA.
TO LEGALLY PRESENT PERFORMING ANIMALS, IN SOUTH AFRICA, WE ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A VALID PERFORMING ANIMALS LICENSE. THIS DOCUMENT IS ISSUED BY A STATE VET AFTER AN INSPECTION OF THE ANIMALS IS CONDUCTED. THE NSPCA IS ALSO WRITTEN INTO THIS LAW AND ONE OF THEIR QUALIFIED INSPECTORS MAY INSPECT OUR ANIMALS AT ANY REASONABLE TIME.
THE CIRCUS SITE IS INSPECTED REGULARLY. AS WE HAVE A VERY HIGH STANDARD OF ANIMAL CARE, FAILED AN INSPECTION, AND THUS WE ALWAYS WELCOME ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS VISITS.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE MCLAREN CIRCUS BIG CATS?
MCLAREN CIRCUS OWNS BEAUTIFUL LIONS AND BENGAL TIGERS. ALL OUR BIG CATS WERE BORN IN CAPTIVITY AND FROM GENERATIONS OF BIG CATS BORN IN CAPTIVITY. OUR BIG CATS ARE HAND RAISED BY THEIR HANDLERS AND DEPEND ON HUMANS FOR THEIR SURVIVAL.
OUR BIG CATS HAVE A LARGE PLAY ENCLOSURE ATTACHED TO THE MAIN ENCLOSURES TO PLAY IN AND EXERCISE. THEY ARE STIMULATED AND EXERCISED THROUGH VARIOUS FORMS OF ENVIRONMENT STIMULATION ACTIVITIES AND POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT TRAINING.
LIKE ALL BIG CATS THEY SLEEP UP TO 20 HOURS A DAY. OUR BIG CATS ONLY PERFORM TO THEIR NATURAL ABILITIES AND DO NOT DO ANYTHING UNNATURAL.
OUR BIG CATS ARE AMBASSADORS OF THEIR SPECIES AND GIVE MANY PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THEM CLOSE UP AND LIVE.
WHEN OUR BIG CATS REACH AN AGE WHERE THEY CAN NO LONGER PERFORM, THEY WILL SAFELY RETIRE ON OUR FULLY EQUIPPED FARM, WHERE THEY WILL RECEIVE LIFE-LONG CARE.PRIMARY SCHOOLS, CHILDREN CHARITIES AND CRECHES ARE WELCOME TO EXPERIENCE OUR EDUCATIONAL ANIMAL TOURS. IF YOU ARE A SCHOOL, HOME OR CRECHE AND WOULD LIKE AN EDUCATIONAL TOUR, KINDLY VISIT OUR TICKET OFFICE OR EMAIL BOOKINGS@MCLARENCIRCUS.CO.ZA. RESERVATIONS WILL NEED TO MADE AT LEAST TWO DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR PROPOSED TOUR DATE.