Former Circus Elephants Brought to Conservation Center
If there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that elephants don’t belong in the circus.
It’s become less acceptable for these gentle giants to be used for the entertainment of others, this story shares the happy ending of 35 Asian pachyderms.
These elephants, once the property of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, will now have 2,500 acres of their own habitat in Florida. The White Oak Conservation includes wetlands, grasslands, forests, and eleven different waterholes!
Given that these elephants were raised in captivity, they would not be able to survive in the wild. This safe haven is the best possible place for them to live out their lives.
“Watching the elephants go out into the habitat was an incredible moment,” says Nick Newby, one of the experts brought on to care for the elephants.
The executive director of White Oak had this to say, “For the first time in their lives, these elephants can choose where and how they want to spend their days.”
There’s no doubt that these gorgeous creatures will have a better quality of life from hereon. We applaud White Oak’s initiative and everyone who was involved in making this possible.