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

The last 11 members of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s® Asian elephants previously on traveling circus units will transition to their permanent home 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. In total, there will be 40 elephants at the CEC, representing 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 Huntsman and Primary Children’s Hospital 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 Janie 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.”

Watch as our elephants arrive at the CEC for the world’s BIGGEST homecoming and elephant brunch:

Plus, learn more and go behind-the-scenes at the CEC, by checking out our exclusive video series.

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