“We need to get out of the office for a bit.”
Greg called it. We had been deep in work for months, side-by-side and heads down at one giant table in our downtown Gainesville office. We were overdue for some team bonding to remind us why we choose to spend 50+ hours a week with one another.
So, thanks to a nice little perk 160over90 provides – two days off each year for community service activities – we figured it was prime time to step away from our computers to get some fresh air while doing some good.
North Central Florida happens to be home to a number of animal sanctuaries: horse retirement homes, big cat rescues, and an organization called Two Tails Ranch. Founded 30 years ago to board elephants and other exotic animals – temporarily and permanently, due to events like owner surrender, closing zoos or health issues – the Ranch has been home to more than 250 elephants since its inception. In 2008, Two Tails began offering an educational program, “All About Elephants,” to teach visitors and volunteers about the species.
We warily arrived, fully expecting to scoop elephant poo all day. But we were pleasantly surprised to learn that we’d be helping do something far more glamorous – organizing the materials that would soon be turned into the resident camel’s new home.
After a few hours of handiwork on the grounds and some close calls with a snake (or seven), we were handsomely rewarded with a tour of the ranch and introductions to some of its greatest inhabitants: giant turtles, a couple of zebras, and a family of lemurs who had just welcomed a new baby, to name a few.
The day wrapped with group photo shoot time with Patty, one of several elephants who currently call Two Tails home.
After a long day on the ranch, we were ready to get back to the office. We returned feeling reinvigorated, and reminded of all the great work happening right here in our backyard.
- Director of Client Services: Maggie Insogna
- Creative Director: Greg Ash
- Associate Creative Director Design: Alex Liebold
- Associate Creative Director Copy: TJ Aseltyne
- Account Supervisor: Kelly Thompson
- Senior Designer: Walton Dale
- Intern: Taylor Hartley