Kay Rosaire’s BIG CAT ENCOUNTER
Presented by Clayton Rosaire
Clayton is the ninth generation descendent of England’s premier animal handling family – the Rosaire’s – in a continuation of the family’s rich tradition of man among animals. Tracing the animal-handling lineage to the 1800’s, one can see that this is not just your average family business. It is indeed a labor of love!
As the first U.S. born Rosaire progeny, young Clayton first entered the cage to face the large cats alone at the early age of 17, making him the youngest lion and tiger trainer at that time in the world. Clayton follows a rich family heritage in which mutual respect between man and beast is the key to a harmonious and rewarding experience. His animal training, husbandry, and performance skills are passed down from his mother, Kay Rosaire, an acclaimed trainer in her own right. She instilled in young Clayton the very same presentation style for which she is so well known: friend rather then foe, reward rather than fear to coax the big cats into a sequential routine of natural behaviors upon command. The Rosaire’s have long been noted for rescuing and offering a safe haven at their two sanctuaries, the Sarasota Bradenton Children’s Zoo & Gulf Coast Sanctuary and the Big Cat Habitat, both are 501©(3) Non-Profit Organizations that take in mistreated and unwanted animals.
“The High Flying Pages Aerial & Animal Thrill Show”
consist of 30 minutes of non-stop height, thrill & laughter.
Flying Trapeze: Double catcher ﬂying trapeze - aerial artistry of ﬂipping, twisting, and catching aerialist 50 ft. high in the air. World renown, “the best ﬂying trapeze act in the U.S.A” International Gold and Silver medalist.
Hula Hoops: Ms. Mercedes Pages twisting, twirling and entertaining with the audience while spinning aluminum hula-hoops up and down her body. With a finale of several Hula-hoops wrapped around her at one time.
Russian Swing: A giant human swing that catapults The High Flying Pages one at a time up to 40 ft in the air. They are then caught by a canvas in which they slip and slide their way down to the ground safely.
Ballerina on Horseback: Since the age of 1 Miss Mercedes has always found herself on a horse. She debuted at 6 years old Roman Riding on two ponies. Today she is one of the fewest “Ballerina on Horseback” not to mention the youngest! The Riding Donnerts join her and are masters of equestrian riding, 5th generation circus performers. These European Superstars will amaze you with their skilled artistry, juggling and comedy all on horseback.