Tampa Bay Young Republicans add to herd by adopting two African baby elephants

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Ever since political cartoonist Thomas Nast first depicted one as the mascot for the Republican Party for Harper’s Weekly in 1870, elephants have been the official symbol of the GOP.

On Tuesday, Tampa Bay Young Republicans took the symbolism one-step further by adopting two elephants from Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

The baby African elephant sisters — Mpumi and Mavi — are more than just newcomers to the GOP herd; they have become symbols of the TBYR’s commitment to young families and environmental protection.  

“We have a tremendous opportunity to connect our community with one of the premier learning centers in the region,” said TBYR Executive Director Lacey Wickline, “by sponsoring the elephant conservation efforts of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo through interactive educational initiatives & habitat support.”

May 31, 2014, the TBYS is hosting an official adoption ceremony at Lowry Park Zoo, with the Young Republicans inviting party leaders from all over Florida.

Tickets start at $100 and include an all-day zoo pass and lunch for four.

For more information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lacey Wickline at 813-442-1404 or visit www.tbyr.com.                                            

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