On one end of the Downtown Plaza Mall, in good old Sacramento, we saw an entire store stuffed to the rafters with: Elephants. Elephant shirts, elephant toys, elephant books, all things elephant; and a poster asking the question, “Andy Swan Guinness World Record for most Elephants?”. I don’t know if Mr. Swan has met his goal yet, but it was pretty incredible seeing his collection. I’ve decided that it’s the perfect place for an “I Spy” photo op; but I’m sure I’m not the only one to have that idea.
I tried my best to google Mr. Swan as I don’t like leaving everyone in the dark on why anyone would collect so many elephants; but unfortunately, information was scarce. I did learn that there is an Andy Swan, who is a clown in Sacramento, going by the name of Zippy; and that he attended a clown convention a while back in Anaheim. He also drives an “Elephant” car. Sooo, I’m assuming this is our man. I further proceeded to look up the current Guinness World Record for most assorted elephants, but…their website wasn’t working for me. I also checked the web and facebook pages for the Westfield Downtown Plaza Malland found nothing on Elephants. Hrrumph…For now, I will trust that it is Zippy working toward that Elephant goal and I wish him luck! Here are some fun elephant pictures to look at:
*Update! Thanks to Rick Swan, I’ve had confirmation that Andy Swan, also known as Zippy the Clown, is indeed the collector of all these elephants. Visit his webpage, http://largestcollectionofelephants.com/ for updates on Elephant counts and the future ceremony for breaking the record!
Also check out this Sacramento Bee article for more on Andy’s collection: Clown Pays Tribute to Late Partner-Brother With Tiny Elephant Display