National Geographic : 1953 Jun
J i.alofnai ueogral)pn society 780 Fearless Children Mount Tame Beasts While Parents Hover on the Sidelines. The GreatJumbo Walked inthe Zoo Parade Each sunny afternoon in summertime, zoo-visiting children get a chance to ride the animals. Elephants are most popular, camels next. Jumbo, the world's most famous elephant, was a zoo favorite at Regent's Park until he was sold to P. T. Barnum in 1882 over Londoners'protests. Before any animal isallowed tocarry a child, it must be dependably tame and thoroughly familiar with the parade course. These children ride at Whipsnade,the zoo's country estate 30miles north ofLondon. Two riderless elephants and a llama join the parade. The Bactrian camel bringing up the rear is one of a large herd bred on Whipsnade's 500 acres (page 782).