The New Home For The Ringling Bros. Elephants Might Not Be So Great
The 13 remaining performance elephants will move to a 200-acre facility in Polk City, Florida.By Cody LaGrow | May 2, 2016
The show's over, and trunks are packed. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus officially retired their elephants.
It's the end of a contested 145-year era. Animal rights groups have often criticized the company's use of elephants.
"We were going to transition all of the elephants on our three Ringling Bros. touring units to the Center for Elephant Conservation. ... It's a 200-acres, working facility that was designed, and to this day, still is, specifically for the care of these magnificent animals," Stephen Payne, VP of corporate communications at Feld Entertainment, shared with National Geographic.