Jeb is a zookeeper.  He loves his job!

As one of a great team, Jeb Barsh is a highly dedicated keeper who loves his work today more than ever. He worked in the elephant barn for years before moving in 2012 to the African Savanna Exhibit. Creative, quick witted and passionate about saving endangered species, Jeb has worked with animals in one way or another since childhood. He is a husband and father and sees the similarities between human relations and relating to animals. Caring is caring. Here’s what Jeb has to say about his relationship with Rama.

Rama was a remarkable animal, and it has been a great pleasure to work with him. I remain his greatest fan and am honored to have come to know him as a partner. His utter abandon and cooperation inspired those that were lucky enough to witness him work. He brightened upon the sight of us. He became a successful artist. We choreographed and he cooperated with enthusiasm. He thrust himself toward the outcome, in faith, so it seems to me, and his paint exploded on the canvas – a dance. I searched for purpose for Rama and found it in this work. 

We were human and elephant engaged in a joyous transfer of energy that unexpectedly produced a unique body of work. From the brink of extinction, he joins trunk to hand to canvas to you – to inspire all children to act upon their innate instinct to nurture each other and all the creatures of this planet.

Dear friend,   I cannot appropriately express the depth of my love, nor the oceans of respect I harbor for you and your vision. Thank you dearest Cally, and the entire Rama Exhibition team!! YOU DID IT!!! Please sense the rainbow of purist light I send from this origin space to your visionary accomplishment space. I consider you now at this threshold, waiting for the gates to open, to behold for yourselves the response of those important persons viewing your and Rama's work.  Each by attendance endeavoring, by presence and understanding, to rectify the serious conditions we find ourselves in, planet wide, here in the year 2016. Wow! This is it! The most important gathering of environmentalists, scientists, and politicians on our planet earth EVER and I smile from the heart. I send respect, admiration, and hope to all in attendance at the IUCN and may each find solution and coalition to the betterment of our precious bio-diversity. The planet and I are counting on your successes!  Jeb
Calley O'Neill
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 An International Traveling Exhibition of Endangered Species 
Dedicated to the Children of the World by Calley O'Neill with Rama the Elephant 
Speaking Passionately on Behalf of Those who Cannot Speak
Oregon Zookeeper