Forty-two elephants that have dedicated most of their lives to performing for worldwide audiences on now on the way to be “Free at last”. Ringling Brothers is ahead of schedule for setting these animals free, they had planned on having them outsourced by 2018 it will now happen May 2016.
Congratulations to Ringling Brothers for choosing to use the resources to create a conservation center for these amazing creatures rather than using resources to continue the battle of keeping them performing. This Center for Conservation is located in central Florida and its sister company, Feld entertainment will be caring for these animals.
Twenty-nine of the elephants have already arrived at their retirement home and are adapting nicely. The final eleven will be transferred and relocated by May 2016. The elephants days of performing are over and now they have a new journey to embark on.
While being on the 200-acre conservation center these animals will be helping in the research of cancer. Elephants are among a category of animals that rarely have any forms of cancer. Unlike humans who are ravaged with cancer. One particular oddity is that elephants have so many more cells than humans, and the scientists believe that perhaps elephants have a cancer suppressing gene that could be very helpful to the human race.
The Feld company stated that it made sense to sink the capital into the conservation for the animals as Ringling Brothers Circus is having fewer cities to travel to due to so much new legislation on exotic animals. So many cities are outlawing the use of big arena’s for the use of animal shows.
The care of these stunning elephants is around $65,000 per elephant per year. They have served and brought so many smiles and endured great hardships while traveling and performing under sometimes very hard conditions.
In the following, photograph they show a sense of dignity, honor, and loving gentle beings, it is a challenge to simply not smile and be entranced at how beautiful and very large they really are. Take a look and smile and then pass it on with a big share.
They finally have reached the end of the road life. The show must go on indeed but these magnificent creatures will be basking the sun, rolling in the mud, helping in the research for cancer, and living their lives out roaming wild, and playing the sunny days away. Free at last, free at last.