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Circus Elephants Retiring to Florida

Eleven female elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that together have spent decades on the road for circuses will enter into retirement in May, two years earlier than planned, at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation on 200 acres near Walt Disney World, in Polk City, Florida. they will be joining 29 other elephants that were retired earlier.


The Center is already home to the largest herd of Asian elephants and the most successful breeding program for this endangered species in the western hemisphere. While these majestic animals will move from the touring shows to their permanent home sooner than anticipated, the circus will continue to feature other animal performers, including tigers, lions, horses, dogs and camels.


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