For the Greatest Show on Earth, there is no longer an elephant in the room.
The 145-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus held its last show featuring elephants Sunday night (May 1st).
Ringling announced its plan last spring, saying it is sending all its Asian elephants to live on the company’s Florida nature reserve (retiring in Florida? What a bright idea!). The original plan called for this to happen before 2018, but in January, Ringling’s parent company, Feld Entertainment, said it was moving up the timetable.
At the time, Feld Entertainment’s vice president of communications, Steve Payne, said that the family that controls the company “decided that removing the elephants from the circus units and bringing them to the Center for Elephant Conservation was in the best interest of the company and, most importantly, the elephants.”
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