GAC's "Day Jobs," featuring The Elephant Sanctuary and Kellie Pickler To Be Re-Aired
Update! If you missed the Premier of Day Jobs featuring The Elephant Sanctuary, check out the re-airing schedule here.
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Protecting the sanctity and serenity of our mission is paramount at The Elephant Sanctuary, and when a media opportunity comes along, it is always met with careful consideration. When Great American Country's (GAC) TV show, Day Jobs, approached us about country music star Kellie Pickler stepping into the role of an elephant caregiver, we were excited for the opportunity to educate a new audience about the need for Sanctuary and the plight of captive elephants. Producer Sarah Brock was very moved by our mission and our Girls, and her team was so respectful of the elephants and their Sanctuary; we knew it would be a positive experience. Reaching 62 million homes through Day Jobs, and honoring our Caregivers, who give their heart and soul every day to their Day Jobs was a wonderful opportunity. For a behind the scenes look at what it's like to be an elephant Caregiver, and for an intimate look at The Elephant Sanctuary's team of dedicated staff, tune in on Wednesday night to Day Jobs on May 2, 2012 at 9:00 PM Central/10:00 PM ET.
Read Press Release from GAC which follows:
COUNTRY STAR KELLIE PICKLER SPENDS DAY AT HER DREAM JOB – ELEPHANT CAREGIVER
VISITS THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY FOR EPISODE OF GAC’S "DAY JOBS"
EPISODE PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
NASHVILLE, TENN. (APRIL 25, 2012) – Day Jobs on Great American Country is the weekly series that takes stars back to the jobs they held before they made it big or the jobs they once dreamed of. Country star Kellie Pickler spends a day as an elephant caregiver – her dream job – on the May 2 episode (10:00 p.m/ET, 9:00 p.m./CT on GAC) of Day Jobs.
Pickler, with a camera crew in tow, was given very rare access to the 2,700 acre Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN, south of Nashville. She spent the day preparing meals and serving the six female elephants in the Asia barn, took a four-wheeler ride with a caregiver out into the fields to find elephants and deliver meals to them and observed a protected contact training session where one elephant was lovingly treated to a pedicure. "Allowing me to come here is absolutely a once in a lifetime opportunity," Pickler said of the experience. "If there’s one thing these elephants have, it’s freedom. Everything is free will and that’s what The Elephant Sanctuary is about; elephants are so much like us, it’s really a beautiful thing."
Pickler’s ‘bosses’ for the day gave the caregiver-in-training high marks. "Our elephants loved her—you could see it in the way they reacted to her—and she loved them right back. She made an equally big hit with our staff, with her sense of humor and support for everything The Sanctuary does and believes in," said Elephant Sanctuary CEO Rob Atkinson. "Our elephants spent their lives entertaining people before coming to The Sanctuary. We were moved when Kellie Pickler, herself a world famous entertainer, wanted to come to The Sanctuary—not to be entertained by them but simply to care for them."
Day Jobs is produced by Taillight Inc. and Tigerlily TV, Sarah Brock creator and executive producer; Tom Forrest and Thom Oliphant, executive producers. The May 2 episode also features Laura Bell Bundy and Joey + Rory.
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About Kellie Pickler
Kellie Pickler grew up immersed in country music in the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina with the words of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton shaping her musical footing. At the age of 19 she gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol where it was evident to all that she was a star. In 2006, she signed to 19 Recordings and BNA Records to release her debut, Small Town Girl, which has gone on to sell over 800,000 copies worldwide and produce three singles, "Red High Heels," "I Wonder," and "Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind." In 2008, Pickler released her self-titled sophomore record featuring country radio hits "Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful," "Best Days of Your Life" (co-written withTaylor Swift and her first Top 10), and "Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You." Having established herself as not only a powerful vocalist but also a songwriter, Pickler recently released her third solo album, 100 Proof, with famed producer Frank Liddell (known for his work with Miranda Lambert) and Luke Wooten at the helm. Pickler co-wrote six of the 11 tracks on the album with her new single, "100 Proof," on country radio now. For more information, please visit www.kelliepickler.com.
About The Elephant Sanctuary
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is the nation's largest habitat for needy elephants and provides a spacious and natural environment in which elephants, retired from circuses and zoos, can spend their remaining years in peace. Established in 1995, the 2,700 acre non-profit Sanctuary is located 2 hours south of Nashville in rural Tennessee and to date has provided a safe haven for 24 elephants in need. After a life on exhibit and entertaining the public, to ensure minimal intrusion on the sanctity of their Sanctuary, the elephants’ habitat is not open to the public. The Elephant Sanctuary is, however, dedicated to education, and has installed a unique system of solar powered, wireless cameras ("Elecams") throughout the three habitats, providing non-invasive opportunities for observation and education through the website www.elephants.com.