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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Elephants to Transition to their Permanent Home at the Center for Elephant Conservation

On Sunday, May 1 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Asian elephants currently on traveling circus units will perform in their last-ever shows in Providence, RI and Wilkes Barre, PA. After these final performances, all 11 pachyderms will travel south to join the rest of the Ringling Bros. herd of 29 elephants at the Feld Family’s Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation (CEC), a 200-acre facility in central Florida dedicated to the care and conservation of these critically endangered animals, and home to the largest Asian elephant herd in the Western Hemisphere.

Our lifetime commitment to caring for these amazing animals is unwavering. At the CEC, our team of dedicated biologists, researchers and elephants caretakers will welcome the rest of the herd with open arms and a horizon full of new opportunities as we strive toward a world with more elephants and less cancer. This means continued focus on our breeding program, conservation and research efforts, especially through the special role these animals have in the pioneering pediatric cancer research project with Dr. Schiffman of Primary Children’s Hospital and The Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah.

As for our beloved elephants, their transition to the CEC is going to be a bunch of old friends reunited; handlers with the elephants, elephants with other elephants. They will spend their days socializing, roaming the pastures of the vast facility, all while receiving the highest level of care from our animal care team.

“We share a lifetime commitment to all of our elephants,” said Janice Aria, Director of Animal Stewardship at the CEC. “From the time that they’re born to the time they pass away, we value them as the incredible animals that they are. The future of this species is in great hands.”

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