Get your (donkey) kicks while you can.
DNC Host Committee Chairman Ed Rendell announced Wednesday that the Donkeys Around Town will be removed from the city on Aug. 23. Fifty-two of the 57 donkeys, each of which represented a state or territory's Democratic delegation, will be shipped to their home state. The remainder will be put up for auction at a later date.
Two donkeys have already been taken: California and Alabama.
Produced by Art Jawn and Mural Arts Project, the fiberglass donkeys were painted by local artists to represent the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and six U.S. territories.
Standing behind his favorite donkey — Kansas — the former governor praised the project's wild success.
"They were extraordinarily popular with delegates and guests of the convention, and remarkably popular with the residents of the Greater Philadelphia Area," Rendell said in what he called the "last donkey press conference."
Angela Val, deputy executive director with the host committee said the donkeys had 2.5 million impressions on Instagram, and a potential reach of 36.8 million people on Twitter.
"The donkeys are beloved," said Mural Arts Program founder Jane Golden. "I cannot tell you how many people are reaching out to us about the donkeys. I walk around the city [and] I see families, they're going from donkey to donkey … it's fantastic. I love to see when art stirs up this kind of excitement and enthusiasm."
"It's exciting to see this kind of donkey fever," Golden said.
"It's very clear to me when leaders and citizens come together in creativity and common purpose, and fearlessly and tenaciously make things happen, that is Philadelphia. This is the story of Philadelphia. Last week was a brilliant snapshot of why I love this city," she added.
In partnership with Mural Arts and Art Jawn, the host committee facilitated a Donkeys Around Town scavenger hunt with a dedicated mobile app. Rendell said more than 2,300 people participated in the hunt, and there are more than 4,500 Instagram posts tagged with "#DonkeysAroundTown."
Elena Cupingood, one winner of the scavenge hunt, said she liked the challenge and adventure of the hunt.
Cupingood's favorites include New Jersey, the District of Columbia and Texas.
"It's really hard to pick," she told Rendell.