Ripley’s Famous Fertility Statues Are Here

The return of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Fertility Statues to Orlando has people saying “Oh, baby!” – literally.

Statues popular with those who believe and want to conceive

The legendary fertility statues have been credited with more than 2,000 pregnancies while on display at Ripley’s attractions around the world.

After a three-year world tour, the statues are now on display at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium for an unlimited run until the Labor Day 2011.

The mystery of the fertility statues became apparent shortly after Ripley’s acquired them in 1993 from the Ivory Coast of West Africa. They were placed in the lobby of Ripley’s corporate headquarters in Orlando, and within months, 13 women – including staffers and office visitors – became pregnant. The only thing they had in common was that they all had touched the statues.

Since then, the statues have drawn tens of thousands of visitors around the world. Some people are very serious about touching the statues, strongly believing in their powers to help them conceive. Others want to avoid touching the statues – for the very same reason!

Over the years, Ripley’s has been flooded with responses from people who say the statues helped them get pregnant – including many who had been told by doctors they would never be able to conceive.

Frances Schauwecker says she is now pregnant after visiting the statues at Ripley’s Hollywood Odditorium – after 12 years of not being able to get pregnant.

Rachel Taylor was told by doctors that she would never be able to conceive. Willing to try anything, she flew halfway across the country to visit the statues at Ripley’s Wisconsin Dells Odditorium. Against all odds, she became pregnant in August of 2010 and is now the mother of a baby boy, Max.

“We are not making any claims for the statues, but it is amazing just how many women have told us they became pregnant after touching them, even though some of them had been told they would never get pregnant,” said Tim O’Brien, Ripley’s VP of Communications.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium is open from 9:30 a.m. to midnight, 365 days a year. The statues are in the lobby and are available to touch and see, for no cost.