Research and Conservation
Conservation of the endangered Asian elephant is one of the main goals of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation.Ringling Bros. has the largest herd of Asian elephants in the Western Hemisphere which allows us to perform ground-breaking research in assisted reproduction in Asian elephants.
Our Research and Conservation Scientist at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation focuses on helping our Asian elephants reproduce in a way that encourages the preservation of genetic diversity. The Center for Elephant Conservation is leading the way in artificial insemination in elephants by establishing a Genomic Resource Bank (GRB) for Asian elephants.
The development of a GRB with cryopreserved elephant sperm has immense implications towards species conservation. Artificial insemination (AI) allows reproduction to occur across facilities or within facilities that do not have access to breeding individuals or otherwise are not able reproduce due to genetically related individuals. More importantly, AI assures genetic diversity in calves born to not only Ringling Bros., but also partner zoos and facilities.