Abused Ringling Bros Circus Elephants Finally Get To Experience Freedom At Florida Sanctuary

Circus animals experience such cruelty and harsh conditions – it’s truly no way for these beautiful creatures to live. One group of 30 elephants that had been abused as part of the Ringling Bros Circus for years finally retired and are getting a long-overdue taste of freedom while living at a Florida sanctuary. Needless to say, they seem to be loving their new home!

  1. White Oak Conservation is located just north of Jacksonville. Founded by Mark and Kimbra Walter, the conservation is a refuge for rare species that offers them safety, love, and care that they may never have received. The first herd of 12 females between the ages of eight and 38 arrived earlier this month, according to a press release, and 20 more are due to follow shortly.
  2. Since these elephants could never live in the wild, this sanctuary is the next best place. “We are thrilled to give these elephants a place to wander and explore,” said the Walters. “We are working to protect wild animals in their native habitats. But for these elephants that can’t be released, we are pleased to give them a place where they can live comfortably for the rest of their lives.”
  3. Thankfully, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus retired elephant attractions in 2016. However, it took a long time for this vital change to be made. Elephants were featured in the show for 146 years, during which time so many animals will have suffered needlessly and cruelly. However, it’s better late than never and these elephants getting to live a life of happiness and comfort is a small step in the right direction.
  4. They have everything they need for a good life. The Walters designed special paddocks for the elephants to roam in when they first arrive and they also have a specially designed, climate-controlled barn. After they’ve settled in, they get to go out into the pine forests located in the sanctuary’s grounds.
  5. Seeing the animals in their new habitats was a moving sight. Nick Newby, who’s been looking after the elephants for years, said it was an “incredible moment” to see them enter their new environment. “I was so happy to see them come out together and reassure and comfort each other, just like wild elephants do, and then head out to explore their new environment. Seeing the elephants swim for the first time was amazing.” Such a beautiful thing!
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