Moorpark is Mammoth Country

Welcome to Mammoth country! Who knew that five-ton prehistoric members of the elephant family used to live in our own back yard? And who knew that the life of at least one would end here, leaving us all to marvel at their existence today?

Mammoths and mastodons are no strangers to southern California. Special fossil deposits, like those at the La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles, have given up remains of mammoths over the last century. From time to time, they have turned up during the extensive urban and suburban development that has occurred over the last several decades.

Every discovery of a visitor from the past like a mammoth is exciting. But the story and journey -- of discovery that occurred in Moorpark in late March and early April 2005 is different and even more important and exciting.