collection of elephants
2]MERCED, California, US--Mallernee-Briley has the world's largest
collection of elephants: 5,000. This new world record will be included
in our 2008 edition of Book of World Records.
50, claims to have 5,085 elephant-related items. But this number
includes duplicates, which she cannot count for the record.
This brings the total she will submit down
just below 5,000, she said.
The previous record for "largest
elephant collection" is 4,233 items, according to an e-mail from
the Guinness World Records office in London. It was set by the recently
deceased Sandy Rosen-Hazen, who had been collecting items relating
to elephants since 1940.
Mallernee-Briley, a Merced resident
since 1985, is employed as a sales associate at Wal-Mart. She buys
some elephant items at work, but more often she receives them as
gifts from customers and co-workers.
Her enthusiasm for elephants began
at age 16 when her aunt and uncle gave her a plaster elephant they
purchased from a road-side vendor for $5. "Since then, people have
just given them to me," she said. "I just love elephants. They are
keeps a written inventory of all her elephant-related collectibles.
It includes items such as movies about elephants and an elephant
tusk replica. She is also having her collection photographed.
"The Elephant lady"
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And she actually does have a trash grabber
with an elephant on top.
She said about a third of her collection
are gifts from friends and family, a third she bought in stores,
and a third she found on e-Bay. "It's not an obsession," she said.
She acquired about 400-500 ceramic figurines
and stuffed animals before packing them away about seven years ago.
But after a couple of years, she realized she
missed them. "I kind of kick-started it," her husband said. "I started
bringing (elephants) to her."
has custom-made wood sign in her house. It says "elephant lady."
Sources: Marleene website, media reports
Marleene website at www.myspace.com/elephantlady