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By 2018 All Ringling Bros. Elephants will Live at the Center

In March of 2015, The Feld Family, producers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®,  announced plans to transition the Asian elephants currently traveling with the circus to the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant for Conservation® in Florida by 2018, allowing the company to solely focus on the conservation of the Asian elephant.

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.

This unprecedented change in the 145-year old The Greatest Show On Earth® will allow Ringling Bros.® to focus on Asian elephant conservation programs, both here in North America and through our partnership with the island nation of Sri Lanka. We will also continue to collaborate with other conservation organizations working to preserve this magnificent species for future generations. For example, Ringling Bros. 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.

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