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Feld Entertainment Announces Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Traveling Elephants to Leave the Circus in May 2016

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Herd of Asian Elephants Will Move to their Permanent Home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida

January 11, 2016 — Ellenton, Fla. — The Feld Family, owners of Feld Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, announced today that all of the Asian elephants from their traveling circus units will be moved to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation® in Florida by May 2016. There they will join the rest of the Ringling Bros. herd of Asian elephants, for a total of 42 at the Conservation Center.

In March of last year, Feld Entertainment announced all of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey’s touring elephants would move to the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation by 2018. Since then, the company’s dedicated staff has made the necessary plans and preparations to move the elephants to the Center for Elephant Conservation much sooner than anticipated.

The elephants’ move to Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant for Conservation will allow the company to focus on its Asian elephant conservation program and the pediatric cancer research partnership with Dr. Joshua Schiffman of Primary Children’s Hospital and The Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, all while continuing to provide a unique family experience at the circus with the next edition of The Greatest Show On Earth®.

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey brings families together to share in pure fun and wonder through live entertainment. From now through May 2016, our elephants will continue to be a part of that wonderful experience, and we invite families that want to see our amazing elephants perform one last time to have an opportunity to do so,” said Alana Feld, Ringling Bros. Producer and Executive Vice President with Feld Entertainment. “Our company and our family’s commitment to save the majestic Asian elephant will continue through our breeding program, research and conservation efforts at the Center.  This transition will also allow us to fully focus on the role our elephants have in the pioneering pediatric cancer research project with Dr. Schiffman.”

With production of the next edition of The Greatest Show On Earth® underway, Feld Entertainment plans to unveil the details of Ringling Bros. newest, out of this world experience in April 2016. Visit www.ringling.com for the latest information.

The Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation is working toward a world with more elephants and less cancer. To learn more about Ringling Bros. successful breeding program and pediatric cancer research program visit www.ringlingelephantcenter.com.

About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, , AMSOIL Arenacross, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Disney On Ice and Disney Live! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

Give on #GivingTuesday and Receive Ringling Bros. Circus Tickets

Contact: Sabrina Cullen
Ringling Bros. National Public Relations
941-721-1353; [email protected]

Give on #GivingTuesday and Receive Ringling Bros.® Circus Tickets

Support Childhood Cancer Research at Primary Children’s Hospital and receive up to four circus tickets good for any 2016 Ringling Bros. Circus show in time for the Holidays

November 30, 2015 –Ellenton, FLRingling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® has joined #GivingTuesday, on December 1, 2015, to support childhood cancer research at Primary Children’s Hospital. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and giving back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is working towards a world with more elephants and less cancer and are encouraging people to give to further groundbreaking pediatric cancer research. The research is being conducted by Dr. Joshua Schiffman who is studying elephant DNA from Ringling Bros.’ herd of Asian elephants with his team of scientists who found that elephants almost never get cancer and may hold the key to a treatment for humans.

When people donate on December 1, 2015 for #GivingTuesday to support childhood cancer research at Primary Children’s Hospital they can receive up to four Ringling Bros. circus ticket vouchers good for any Ringling Bros. show. To donate to Dr. Schiffman’s work and support Childhood Cancer Research go to the following web page on December 1, 2015 to participate in this Ringling Bros. #GivingTuesday offer.

Donation Levels:
• $35 Donation (qualifies for 1 ticket voucher to Ringling Bros.)
• $50 Donation (qualifies for 2 ticket vouchers to Ringling Bros.)
• $65 Donation (qualifies for 3 ticket vouchers to Ringling Bros.)
• $80 Donation (qualifies for 4 ticket vouchers to Ringling Bros.)

Pediatric oncologist Dr. Joshua Schiffman and the team from Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, all in Salt Lake City, Utah, are studying in conjunction with Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation’s lead veterinarian and conservation scientist to find out why there is such a low incidence of cancer in elephants, what makes this cancer resistance possible in elephants and not in humans, and how this may correlate to new treatments for pediatric cancers.

“Cancer affects so many families across this country, and unfortunately it’s becoming more common, especially among children. That’s why Ringling Bros. is dedicated to this funding effort and hopeful that Dr. Schiffman’s research will lead to a new treatment for pediatric cancer and beyond,” said Alana Feld, executive vice president and producer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.

Could Elephants hold the key for cancer treatments? Read the full research article here in The Journal of American Medical Association. To learn more about the research, visit RinglingElephantCenter.com and view this illustrated video about the research.

About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.

About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com. More information on the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation is available at www.ringlingelephantcenter.com.

About Primary Children’s Hospital
Primary Children’s Hospital is the only full-service children’s hospital for Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Montana providing care for children with the most complex injury and illness, including those who require heart, liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants. Primary Children’s is the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the Intermountain West. It is owned by Intermountain Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system, and is affiliated with the University of Utah School of Medicine, which brings together research, training and excellent care to provide the best health care for children. Donations are administered by Primary Children’s Hospital Foundation, a separately incorporated public charity under IRS Code 501(c)(3). The foundation supports the hospital’s goals of providing the highest level of pediatric care in an atmosphere of love and concern.
About the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics
The Department of Pediatrics is the second largest department in the University of Utah School of Medicine and one of the largest pediatric departments in the country. There are 270 faculty members in the department with a fairly equal distribution of men and women, and we have the greatest number of tenured female faculty in the School of Medicine. The department is comprised of 22 medical divisions and programs operating in conjunction with four key enterprises: Education, Research, Clinical, and Academic. Divisions provide a full spectrum of specialty and subspecialty pediatric services for children throughout the Intermountain West.

About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is one of the world’s top academic research and cancer treatment centers. HCI manages the Utah Population Database – the largest genetic database in the world, with more than 16 million records linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. Using this data, HCI researchers have identified cancer-causing genes, including the genes responsible for melanoma, colon and breast cancer, and paraganglioma. HCI is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (a 26-member alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers) and is a National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and operates several high-risk clinics that focus on melanoma and breast, colon, and pancreas cancers. The HCI Cancer Learning Center for patient and public education contains one of the nation’s largest collections of cancer-related publications. The institute is named after Jon M. Huntsman, a Utah philanthropist, industrialist, and cancer survivor.

Feld Entertainment and Primary Children’s Hospital Announce New Cancer Research Funding Effort

Media Contacts: Stephen Payne, Feld Entertainment
(703)749-5505, [email protected]

Bonnie Midget, Primary Children’s Hospital
(801)662-6590, [email protected]

Feld Entertainment and Primary Children’s Hospital Announce New Cancer Research Funding Effort

Funding Support Follows the Release of New Cancer Research
Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association

October 8, 2015 – – Ellenton, Fla. – – The Feld Family, owners of Feld Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® and the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation®, announced today a new funding effort with Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH) and University of Utah Department of Pediatrics oncologist and Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator Dr. Joshua Schiffman. The fundraising commitment comes on the heels of new pediatric cancer research findings published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) by Dr. Schiffman.

Dr. Schiffman and the team from Primary Children’s Hospital, the Department of Pediatrics, and Huntsman Cancer Institute, all in Salt Lake City, Utah, are studying why there is such a low incidence of cancer in elephants, what makes this cancer resistance possible in elephants and not in humans, and how this may correlate to new treatments for pediatric cancers.

More than 16,000 children and teenagers are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States; meanwhile elephants experience almost no cancer over their lifetimes. Dr. Schiffman; Dr. Dennis Schmitt, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Chair of Veterinary Services and Director of Research; and Dr. Wendy Kiso, Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation Research and Conservation Scientist; and other scientific collaborators on their team; recently confirmed that elephants rarely develop cancer with a mortality rate of less than 5 percent compared to up to 25 percent in humans. Looking at the elephant genome, they described that elephants have 40 copies of a tumor suppressor gene named TP53 compared to only two copies in humans.

Working with Utah’s Hogle Zoo and the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, Dr. Schiffman and colleagues studied the response of elephant blood to DNA damaging agents and discovered that elephant cells undergo cell death more rapidly compared to human cells. Dr. Schiffman believes this may be why elephants develop less cancer than humans. The study’s full findings have been published in the new edition of the Journal of American Medical Association.

“With this partnership between Ringling Bros. and Primary Children’s Hospital, we are now exploring how to apply these discoveries to children and families most at risk to develop cancer,” said Dr. Schiffman. “We want to use these lessons from nature to prevent, develop early recognition tools, and treat cancer in humans.”

Applying the translational research around cancer – the findings from the basic science that enhance human health and well-being by improving medical and nursing practices and creating meaningful health outcomes – could pave the way for an entirely new frontier of cancer research and treatment, from the laboratory bench to the bedside.

“Twenty years ago, we founded the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation to preserve the endangered Asian elephant for future generations. Little did we know then that they may hold the key to cancer treatment and we’re tremendously excited to be a part of it,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment.

The Feld Family is forming the Ringling Bros. Children’s Fund™ as an element of their ongoing philanthropy through the Feld Family Foundation to support children’s charities. As part of the partnership with Primary Children’s Hospital, the Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Schiffman, the Ringling Bros. Children’s Fund and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will be donating more than $1 million to support cancer research and to care for children.

In the next 50 cities Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey visits, Ringling Bros. will donate $10,000 to a local children’s hospital or treatment center and the Ringling Bros. Children’s Fund will match each donation with an additional $10,000 donation to the Primary Children’s Hospital Foundation to support the PCH Pediatric Cancer Research Program. This program, which helped support the elephant research, focuses on novel approaches to prevention, diagnosis, and improving the value of pediatric cancer care.

“At Ringling Bros., we’re all about entertaining families and giving back to the communities where we perform every week. In addition to the financial contributions made by Feld Entertainment and the Ringling Bros. Children’s Fund, we will be bringing our performers directly to the hospitals to entertain families who aren’t able to make it to the show,” said Alana Feld, Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment and Producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.

“This ongoing partnership to raise funds for research with Ringling Bros. enables us to assist in new cancer treatment protocols, that provide a more innovative and integrated approach to cancer treatment and provide better long-term outcomes and support families through long-term care,” says Richard Lemons, MD, PhD, medical director and chief of pediatric hematology/oncology at Primary Children’s Hospital. Dr. Lemons oversees the PCH Pediatric Cancer Research Program.

“Cancer affects so many families across this country, and unfortunately it’s becoming more common, especially among children. We’re hopeful that our research will lead to new prospects for improved treatments for pediatric cancer,” says Katy Welkie, CEO of Primary Children’s Hospital.

Additional information on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, the partnership and information on how families can donate to the research can be found online at www.ringling.com and www.ringlingelephantcenter.com.

About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com. More information on the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation is available at www.ringlingelephantcenter.com.

About Primary Children’s Hospital
Primary Children’s Hospital is the only full-service children’s hospital for Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Montana providing care for children with the most complex injury and illness, including those who require heart, liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants. Primary Children’s is the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the Intermountain West. It is owned by Intermountain Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system, and is affiliated with the University of Utah School of Medicine, which brings together research, training and excellent care to provide the best health care for children. Donations are administered by Primary Children’s Hospital Foundation, a separately incorporated public charity under IRS Code 501(c)(3). The foundation supports the hospital’s goals of providing the highest level of pediatric care in an atmosphere of love and concern.
About the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics
The Department of Pediatrics is the second largest department in the University of Utah School of Medicine and one of the largest pediatric departments in the country. There are 270 faculty members in the department with a fairly equal distribution of men and women, and we have the greatest number of tenured female faculty in the School of Medicine. The department is comprised of 22 medical divisions and programs operating in conjunction with four key enterprises: Education, Research, Clinical, and Academic. Divisions provide a full spectrum of specialty and subspecialty pediatric services for children throughout the Intermountain West.

About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is one of the world’s top academic research and cancer treatment centers. HCI manages the Utah Population Database – the largest genetic database in the world, with more than 16 million records linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. Using this data, HCI researchers have identified several cancer-causing genes, including the genes responsible for melanoma, colon and breast cancer, and paraganglioma. HCI is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (a 26-member alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers) and is a National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and operates several high-risk clinics that focus on melanoma and breast, colon, and pancreas cancers. The HCI Cancer Learning Center for patient and public education contains one of the nation’s largest collections of cancer-related publications. The institute is named after Jon M. Huntsman, a Utah philanthropist, industrialist, and cancer survivor.

 

Feld Entertainment Announces Unprecedented Changes to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Media Contact: Stephen Payne

(703)749-5505, [email protected]

Feld Entertainment Announces Unprecedented Changes to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Ringling Bros. Herd of Asian Elephants Will Be Moved to the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida

March 5, 2015 – – Ellenton, Fla. – – The Feld Family, owners of Feld Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, announced plans today to remove Asian elephants from their traveling circus performances. Under the plan, 13 elephants currently traveling with the three Ringling Bros. circus units will be relocated to the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant for Conservation® in Florida by 2018. There they will join the rest of the Ringling Bros. herd of more than 40 elephants.

The Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation is already home to the largest herd of Asian elephants and the most successful breeding program for this endangered species in the Western Hemisphere. The circus will continue to feature other extraordinary animal performers, including tigers, lions, horses, dogs and camels.

This unprecedented change in the 145-year old Greatest Show On Earth®will allow the company to focus on its Asian elephant conservation programs, both here in North America and through its partnership with the island nation of Sri Lanka. The company will also continue to collaborate with other conservation organizations working to preserve this magnificent species for future generations. For example, the company has placed elephants at eight zoos, either on loan or through donations, and will continue to support the Smithsonian Institution’s research lab working to find a cure for diseases that impact juvenile elephants.

“This is the most significant change we have made since we founded the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in 1995. When we did so, we knew we would play a critical role in saving the endangered Asian elephant for future generations, given how few Asian elephants are left in the wild,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “Since then, we have had 26 elephant births. No other institution has done or is doing more to save this species from extinction, and that is something of which I and my family are extremely proud. This decision was not easy, but it is in the best interest of our company, our elephants and our customers,” he added.

“Our family has been the proud steward of the American institution that is Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, and our elephants, for 45 years. It is a legacy that we hold near and dear to our hearts, and as producers of The Greatest Show On Earth, we feel we have a responsibility to preserve the esteemed traditions that everyone expects from a Ringling Bros. performance while striving to keep the show fresh and contemporary for today’s families,” said Nicole Feld and Alana Feld, Ringling Bros. producers and Executive Vice Presidents with Feld Entertainment. “As the circus evolves, we can maintain our focus on elephant conservation while allowing our business to continue to meet shifting consumer preferences,” they added.

Additional information on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation can be found online at www.ringling.com and www.elephantcenter.com.

About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by StonyfieldYoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live! Presented by StonyfieldYoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

Ringling Bros. Celebrates Elephant Appreciation Day

 

Ringling Bros.® Celebrates Elephant Appreciation Day by sharing elephant fun facts, photos, videos and #elphies (elephant selfies) to elephant lovers everywhere from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Center for Elephant Conservation

 

ELLENTON, FL -September 8, 2014 – In honor of Elephant Appreciation Day on September 22,Ringling Bros. is celebrating with elephant lovers everywhere by sharing the best elephant content from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation®  (CEC), a 200-acre, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the conservation, breeding and understanding of these amazing animals. Elephant Appreciation Day is a very important holiday founded by pachyderm lover Wayne Hepburn in 1996, and Ringling Bros. is proud to join the festivities!

Media, bloggers and fans can download and share special Elephant Appreciation Day content onhttp://www.elephantcenter.com/about-us/elephant-appreciation-day/ .

With 26th births, and counting, of the Asian elephant at Ringling Bros. CEC, Mike the newest calf born June 27, 2013 will steal the show this Elephant Appreciation Day with cute-post-worthy videos of the young elephant having fun with mud, sand piles, balls, logs and of course playtime with his mom.

And because you can’t have a buzz-worthy holiday without a great ‘selfie’ or the right photo to share with your friends and followers. The Ringling Bros. staff caring for these animals around-the-clock are lucky to see epic elephant moments daily, and are excited to share their Top Elephant Photos, including the very first #Elphie (elephant selfie) taken at Ringling Bros. CEC.

The Asian elephant is an endangered species, with fewer than 35,000 alive in the world today, so it is important elephant lovers learn all they can about these special animals. As part of the Elephant Appreciation Day festivities, we have provided an EleFun-Facts infographic to easily share special information about the endangered species.

It’s important that people continue to talk about these magnificent animals and bring awareness, they are endangered and we are the only ones that can make a difference,” says Janice Aria, director of animal stewardship for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation. “Our staff and trainers get to appreciate these animals daily, but I’m glad they have a special day where people all over the world can appreciate them.”

Ringling Bros. cares for the largest herd of Asian elephants in the Western Hemisphere with 44 elephants, and has more than 144 years of experience and expertise working with elephants. Ringling Bros. CEC is home to most of these elephants: retirees, calves and their mothers, male elephants and elephants that might not prefer the circus life.

The Asian elephant has been living and working with humans for thousands of years. More than one-third of the remaining Asian elephants in the world interact closely with humans in different places and ways, such as circuses, zoos, agricultural and logging industries, religious ceremonies and eco-tourism.

About Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation

Ringling Bros. is a world leader in the care and conservation of the endangered Asian elephant. In 1995, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation®, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the reproduction, research and retirement of Asian elephants, was created on a 200-acre site in Florida. Information on the Center is available online at www.elephantcenter.com.

Ringling Bros. Supports Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory

RINGLING BROS. SUPPORTS SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL ZOO’S

NATIONAL ELEPHANT HERPESVIRUS LABORATORY

Contribution supports scientific research to combat devastating virus in Asian elephants

ELLENTON, FL – May 20, 2014 – Feld Entertainment Inc. (FEI), the producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus and owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation (CEC), is pleased to announce a new contribution of $20,000 to support the research efforts at the National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory (NEHL) at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Ringling Bros. is a member of the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) Consortium, which was created in partnership with zoos and other elephant organizations around the country to ensure that the National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory (NEHL) can continue its important mission of researching and understanding EEHV.

EEHV is the single greatest health threat to the Asian elephant. To date there have been over 60 known EEHV cases worldwide, 40 in North America, most in Asian elephants and four in African elephants. There have also been multiple cases in range countries. The ramifications of this virus are especially devastating as most of the deaths have occurred in young elephants.

“EEHV can strike with little warning and is often fatal. When each new birth brings new hope for the survival of the Asian elephant, EEHV poses a tremendous threat to the future of the species,” said Dr. Dennis Schmitt, Chair of Veterinary Services and Director of Research at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation. The Veterinary Care team at Ringling Bros. administered one the first successful treatments for the EEHV and repeated their success with another elephant, but elsewhere about half of known EEHV cases have resulted in death. “It is imperative that we discover and understand as much as possible about this virus so that we can more quickly diagnose and treat infected elephants. That is why Ringling Bros. has been a strong supporter of the research efforts at the National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory. ”

Since 2005, Ringling Bros. has provided more than $250,000 to support the NEHL, including more than $180,000 in direct donations to the Smithsonian and an additional $50,000 that was donated through the International Elephant Foundation (IEF). The NEHL and its’ partner researchers at Johns Hopkins University are the leading worldwide resource of herpesvirus information, testing, and research for the global elephant community. Researchers focus on diagnosing elephants in North America and researching new methods of testing for the various strains of elephant herpesvirus. Genetics research also focuses on understanding EEHV and the family of genes that help determine how resistant elephants are to infectious diseases, including tuberculosis and the herpesvirus.

“The NEHL has been a vital partner to scientists tackling this deadly virus,” said Dr. Wendy Kiso, Research and Conservation Scientist at the Ringling Bros. CEC. “This is a virus we are just beginning to understand but the research at the NEHL is enhancing ways to test, diagnose, and learn more about the nature of the virus. The NEHL serves as a valuable resource for the entire elephant community.”

“We are so grateful for their support,” said Dennis Kelly, director of the National Zoo. “Their commitment to elephant conservation and research has helped us in our quest to end the deaths due to this disease.”

By joining the EEHV Consortium and providing financial support to the National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory Ringling Bros. is proud to continue its role as a key partner in the lab’s mission to continue the scientific research that is essential to finding the answers needed to fight EEHV and save the majestic Asian elephant.

Humane Society of the United States and Co-Defendants Pay $15.75 Million Settlement to Feld Entertainment Ending 14 Years of Litigation

MEDIA CONTACT:
Stephen Payne
[email protected]
703-749-5505

HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES AND CO-DEFENDANTS PAY $15.75 MILLION SETTLEMENT TO FELD ENTERTAINMENT ENDING 14 YEARS OF LITIGATION

Unprecedented Settlement Brings Total Paid to Parent Company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus to More Than $25 Million

Groups Settle with Circus After Federal Court Determined Case Was “Groundless and Unreasonable”

VIENNA, Va. – May 15, 2014 – The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with their co-defendants, have paid Feld Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus, $15.75 million to settle cases stemming from a lawsuit they brought against Ringling Bros.® over the care of its Asian elephants. This historic settlement payment to Feld Entertainment ends nearly 14 years of litigation between the parties.

“We hope this settlement payment, and the various court decisions that found against these animal rights activists and their attorneys, will deter individuals and organizations from bringing frivolous litigation like this in the future,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Feld Entertainment. “This settlement is a significant milestone for our family-owned business and all the dedicated men and women who care for the Ringling Bros. herd of 42 Asian elephants. We look forward to continuing to set the standard for providing world-class care for all our animals and producing high quality, family entertainment.”

HSUS and animal rights groups the Fund for Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, Born Free USA (formerly the Animal Protection Institute), the Wildlife Advocacy Project, the law firm of Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal, and several current and former attorneys of that firm, paid the settlement for their involvement in the case brought under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that the U.S. District Court ruled was “frivolous,” “vexatious,” and “groundless and unreasonable from its inception.” Today’s settlement also covers the related Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) case that Feld Entertainment filed against the groups after discovering they had paid a plaintiff for his participation in the original lawsuit and then attempted to conceal those payments.

In December 2012, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), a former co-defendant in the case, settled its share of the lawsuits by paying Feld Entertainment $9.3 million. Today’s settlement brings the total recovered by Feld Entertainment to more than $25 million in legal fees and expenses, which the company actually spent in defending the ESA case.

“After winning 14 years of litigation, Feld Entertainment has been vindicated. This case was a colossal abuse of the justice system in which the animal rights groups and their lawyers apparently believed the ends justified the means. It also marks the first time in U.S. history where a defendant in an Endangered Species Act case was found entitled to recover attorneys’ fees against the plaintiffs due to the Court’s finding of frivolous, vexatious and unreasonable litigation,” said Feld Entertainment’s legal counsel in this matter, John Simpson, a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright’s Washington, D.C., office. “The total settlement amounts represent recovery of 100 percent of the legal fees Feld Entertainment incurred in defending against the ESA lawsuit.”

In the original ESA lawsuit, Feld Entertainment discovered the animal rights groups and their lawyers had paid over $190,000 to a former circus employee, Tom Rider, to be a “paid plaintiff.” The Court also found that the animal rights groups and their attorneys “sought to conceal the nature, extent and purpose of the payments” during the litigation. Their abuse of the judicial system included the issuance of a false statement under oath by Rider, assisted by his counsel, who the Court found was “the same attorney who was paying him” to participate in the litigation. The Court found in addition to Rider being a “paid plaintiff,” that the lawsuit was “frivolous and vexatious.”

Additional information on this settlement and the underlying litigation can be found at www.ringlingbrostrialinfo.com.

About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment, Inc. is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live family entertainment that lifts the human spirit and creates indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe Live! and Feld Motor Sports. More information can be found at www.feldentertainment.com.

Ringling Bros. is a world leader in the care and conservation of the endangered Asian elephant. In 1995, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation®, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the reproduction, research and retirement of Asian elephants, was created on a 200 acre site in Florida. Information on the Center is available online at www.elephantcenter.com.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Responds to Rep. Moran’s Misguided Anti-Circus Bill

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Responds to Rep. Moran’s Misguided Anti-Circus Bill

April 30, 2014 – – Once again Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) has discriminatorily targeted traveling circuses, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus, the largest traveling circus in the United States. The bill he introduced today is completely unnecessary and unjustified by facts or science. Furthermore, it would remove the American public’s right to choose for itself whether Ringling Bros. Circus, a 144-year old American tradition, can continue to operate. In addition, Congressman Moran’s bill threatens the jobs of more than 750 full-time employees working for the circus, including many union members he so often claims to support. The real truth is that animals can and do travel and perform safely and humanely.

Today’s legislation has already failed previously and is based upon false information and the rhetoric of animal rights activists, who oppose all animals in captivity and entertainment. Sound science or any familiarity with proper animal husbandry or handling is utterly foreign to these activists. This is the second time Rep. Moran has introduced this legislation and yet again he has never asked for, and does not want to know, any information on our animal care practices, our conservation programs, or about the dedicated men and women who spend their lives caring for the animals with The Greatest Show On Earth®.

The bill’s underlying false premise on the transport and care of circus animals is directly contradicted by sound science and animal husbandry best practices. Moreover, the public safety and animal care record of Ringling Bros. is exemplary. Despite misleading references to our mutually agreed upon settlement of regulatory disputes with the US Department of Agriculture, Ringling Bros. has never been found in violation of the Federal Animal Welfare Act. That settlement agreement is clear proof that Ringling Bros. and other traveling exhibitors operate in a highly regulated environment with multiple layers of federal, state and local laws and regulations already in place that govern the welfare of animals.

As always we stand behind the skill, compassion and quality of care provided by our animal care and veterinary staff and we believe that the vast majority of Americans agree with us and reject the extreme animal rights agenda embodied in this bill.

RINGLING BROS. ANNOUNCES BIRTH OF 26th ASIAN ELEPHANT CALF: IT’S A BOY!

RINGLING BROS. ANNOUNCES BIRTH OF 26th ASIAN ELEPHANT CALF: IT’S A BOY!

(July 29, 2013 – Vienna, VA) – The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation® proudly announces the birth of a healthy male Asian elephant. Our twenty-sixth calf, Mike, is named in honor of Feld Entertainment President and COO, Mike Shannon.

Mike was born at 9:32 p.m. on June 27, 2013, weighing 214 pounds at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida

Mike is the calf of Angelica and Romeo, both of whom were also born through the most successful Asian elephant breeding program in the Western Hemisphere. He is Angelica’s first calf. Mike will grow up with his half-sister, Piper, and half-brother, Nate, both from his dad’s side.

“It’s always a thrill when an elephant is born,” said Director of Animal Stewardship, Janice Aria. “And when we see a new mom take to her calf the way Angelica is taking to Mike – always sticking close by and always touching him with her trunk – it just makes you so thankful that you can be part of such a successful program and experience.”

The team of veterinarians and elephant husbandry specialists who oversaw Mike’s birth will also watch over and care for Mike as he grows and develops. Since the program’s inception, it has seen unparalleled breeding success and remains one of the key components in Ringling Bros. international conservation efforts.

About the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation was established to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to experience the endangered Asian elephant species. Built in 1995, this 200-acre, state-of-the-art facility was designed for the reproduction, research and retirement of the Asian elephant, enabling Ringling Bros. to share its elephant husbandry knowledge with the veterinary and conservation communities worldwide.

RINGLING BROS. ANNOUNCES BIRTH OF 25th ASIAN ELEPHANT CALF

RINGLING BROS. ANNOUNCES BIRTH OF 25th ASIAN ELEPHANT CALF

IT’S A BOY! CALF NAMED NATE IN HONOR OF RINGLING BROS. PRODUCERS’ GRANDFATHER

(January 22, 2013 – Vienna, VA) – The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation® proudly announces the birth of a healthy male Asian elephant. Our twenty-fifth calf, Nate, is named in honor of Feld Entertainment Executive Producers Nicole, Alana, and Juliette Feld’s grandfather. Nate is the largest calf born to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation breeding program – the most successful Asian elephant breeding program in the Western Hemisphere. Nate was born at 4:04 p.m. on December 15, 2012, weighing 352 pounds.

Nate is the calf of Sally and Romeo. He is Sally’s sixth calf, and first male calf. Nate has three older half-sisters through his mom, Sally, currently touring with Ringling Bros., and will grow up with his half-sister on his dad’s side, Piper, who was born in August.

“Not only have we just launched the 143rd edition of The Greatest Show On Earth with Built to Amaze, but Nate’s birth also shows that we’re continuing to build our herd of Asian elephants,” said Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment and Producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Alana Feld. “Our grandfather Nathan was a beloved member of our family, and honoring him with our newest calf just shows how important these amazing animals are to the generations of our own family.”

The team of veterinarians and elephant husbandry specialists who oversaw Nate’s birth will also watch over and care for Nate as he grows and develops. Since the program’s inception, it has seen unparalleled breeding success and remains one of the key components in Ringling Bros. international conservation efforts.

About the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation was established to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to experience the endangered Asian elephant species. Built in 1995, this 200-acre, state-of-the-art facility was designed for the reproduction, research and retirement of the Asian elephant, enabling Ringling Bros. to share its elephant husbandry knowledge with the veterinary and conservation communities worldwide.

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