Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is proud of the research and animal care practices we share around the world, most recently through our partnership with the government of the island nation of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s small size and large number of people makes it one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Sri Lanka is also home to approximately 6,000 Asian elephants, making it one of the most important range countries for endangered Asian elephants.
Because of the large population of people and elephants in Sri Lanka, sometimes there is human-elephant conflict (HEC) and the elephants usually suffer the most. In fact HEC is the single greatest threat to the survival of Asian elephants. That is why Ringling Bros. is working with the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) to help come up with solutions to prevent HEC. And by partnering with two major Sri Lankan universities, we’ve been able to share our wealth of veterinary and elephant husbandry experience with a new generation of Sri Lankans.
Ringling Bros. supports the DWC’s Asian Elephant Transit Home, which saves the lives of orphaned elephants and facilitates their return to the wild.
We’ve worked with Rajarata University to establish the Ringling Bros. Center for the Study of Asian Elephants. This unique facility in Sri Lanka offers visiting educators and researchers with facilities researchers incredible working spaces and living quarters all in close proximity to major Asian elephants habitats, making more research efforts possible to help conserve this magnificent species
In partnership with the University of Peradeniya, graduate students were able to study at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. This unique collaboration allows students the opportunity to apply Ringling Bros. elephant husbandry to their country’s elephant population to improve the care and study elephants in their native habitat.