A group of retired circus elephants has a new home… with plenty of space to roam.
12 female Asian elephants just arrived at the White Oak Conservation near Jacksonville, where they’ll live out their days in a forest-style habitat that includes “pine forests with ponds, wetlands and open grasslands” – as well a climate-controlled barn.
The elephants – who were born in captivity and have never lived in the wild – were formerly part of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus, which stopped using elephants in 2016.
After years of entertaining fans under the big top — and a few years in retirement — these former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus elephants are settling into their new home at a wildlife refuge in Florida https://t.co/PHJy1em29w pic.twitter.com/FdqRJjkFsg
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The refuge hopes to add another 20 elephants soon.
Can you remember the last time you went to the circus?