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Handlers escort three of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Asian elephants as they arrive at their new home in Polk City, Florida

US circus elephants bow out, retire to Florida

2016-05-07 - Polk city, United States.

The circus held a final performance in Rhode Island, folded the elephant tent for good and shipped the performers to their permanent retirement in Central Florida, where they arrived Thursday. The era of the elephant in "the greatest show on earth" is over.


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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation Mourns the Passing of Young Asian Elephant Mike

2016-01-29 - Polk City, United States.

On Monday morning, January 25th, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation® lost its youngest elephant to the elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV). Two-year old “Mike”, who was born at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, passed away despite the heroic efforts of our veterinary and animal care staff to save him. While final necropsy results are still pending, preliminary results, as well as blood tests sent to Smithsonian Insti...


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Mike the elephant, now 2 years old, was raised at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation—part day care, part school and part senior center for the company’s controversial circus herd—in Polk City, Florida. Mike can

Where Ringling Brothers Elephants Go To Retire

2015-11-09 - Polk City, United States.

Established in 1995, the 200-acre center is home to the largest herd of Asian elephants in the Western Hemisphere, some 28 pachyderms aged 2 to 70. Twenty-six elephant calves have been born here, including Barack, the now 6-year-old male who was the first CEC elephant conceived using artificial insemination.


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Circus elephant sanctuary ‘like “Jurassic Park” with a happy ending,’ owner says

2015-04-09 - Polk City, United States.

The Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation sits on 200 acres of land in rural central Florida, halfway between Orlando and Sarasota, off a nondescript country road. An armed security guard greets you at the entrance. Twenty-nine elephants currently live here, and 13 more will join the group by 2018, after Ringling Bros. decided this year to stop using elephants in its traveling circus.


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April, a 1-year-old female Asian elephant stays with her mother, Alana, 33, at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk County in September. The USDA on Monday announced the company would have to pay a $270,000 fine

USDA Fines Ringling Circus Owner $270,000 Over Animal Treatment

2011-11-29 - Polk City, United States.

The USDA on Monday announced a $270,000 fine against the company that owns Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus and an elephant breeding facility in Polk County over its treatment and housing of animals. The United States Department of Agriculture reached an agreement with Feld Entertainment Inc. in which the company would be penalized for violating portions of the Animal Welfare Act between June 2007 and August 2011.


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Ringling Brothers names new elephant "Barack"

2009-01-30 - Polk City, United States.

On behalf of the entire Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® family, I’m thrilled to announce the birth of our first Asian elephant born as a result of artificial insemination. A healthy male born on the inaugural eve of our 44th President of the United States, the calf named Barack, is a living tribute of our ongoing commitment to help save this magnificent yet endangered species.


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Elephant breeding program a cause of controversy

2008-12-16 - Polk City, United States. Eloisa Ruano Gonzalez

Ringling opened the Asian elephant conservation center in the Green Swamp in 1995 to retire and breed its circus performers. Officials say they've been successful breeding the endangered animal to ensure it survives, although animal-rights groups criticize the program. The center is experimenting with artificial insemination. Semen is collected from the male elephants and sent to various zoos and research centers across the United States to breed more elephants.


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The fire was near the Barnum and Bailey elephant farm.

Polk firefighters scramble to protect elephants

2008-05-20 - Polk City, United States. Keith Baker

Firefighters in Polk County scrambled to keep a herd of elephants safe from flames this afternoon. It was just after 2:30 when a wildfire flared up about a quarter-mile east of the Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephant Farm, off Old Grade Road. Fire crews positioned themselves at the elephant farm to protect the animals, while a separate crew fought flames in a nearby wooded area with backhoes and other earth-moving equipment.


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Asian elephant at the Center for Elephant Conservation

Asian Elephants Find Oasis in Florida

2007-08-14 - Polk City, United States. Yi Suli

The Asian elephant is believed to be one of the most intelligent animals on Earth. It is also one of the most endangered. But a sanctuary in the southern state of Florida is hoping to save this large animal and ensure its existence for generations to come. For producer Yi Suli, VOA's Elaine Lu has more on the Center for Elephant Conservation.


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Two Ringling Bros. Elephants Are Under Quarantine. One of the animals has contracted tuberculosis, officials say.

2006-08-01 - POLK CITY, United States. Eric Pera

Two elephants are under quarantine for tuberculosis at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Elephant Conservation Center in Polk City. The quarantine was issued June 9 by the Department of Agriculture following routine testing of the animals by their handlers, a spokesman for the agriculture department said. Spokesman Terry McElroy said he didn't think the potentially fatal disease had spread beyond one of the elephants. A second elephant which had close contact with the sick animal was qu...


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Elephant handler David Mannes to Recover From Elephant Kick

2005-04-15 - POLK CITY, United States. Amber Smith

An elephant handler who was kicked by an elephant Wednesday is expected to make a full recovery. David R. Mannes, 52, of Clermont, was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center at 9 p.m. Wednesday after being kicked by an elephant at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephant Conservation Center near Old Grade Road in Polk City.


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Elephant attack ruled an accident by Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

2005-04-15 - POLK CITY, United States. STEVEN N. LEVINE

An Indian elephant that seriously injured its trainer late on Wednesday will most likely rejoin the herd in a few weeks, Ringling Bros. vice president said on Thursday. Bruce Read, Ringling Bros. vice president of animal stewardship, said Tova, a 36-year-old female pachyderm weighing 6-7 tons, exhibited normal elephant hierarchy behavior about 9 p.m. when it trampled David R. Mannes, 52, of Clermont.


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Hospitalized man Injured by Elephant at The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephant Conservation Center

2005-04-14 - POLK CITY, United States. Dana Willhoit, The Ledger

Paramedics airlifted a man trampled by an elephant shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. David R. Mannes, 52, was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center after the incident, which happened on Old Grade Road, near Polk City. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephant Conservation Center is located nearby.


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Elephants Cared for At Facility in Polk

2005-01-08 - POLK CITY, United States. Lauren Glenn

You can see her coming from across the open field. She's nearly half a mile away, all leathery gray, dust-covered, wrinkled skin, her hair encrusted in dirt, her long nose and dimpled knees that barely bend when she walks.

From the street, and even as she approaches, it is impossible to tell that she is pregnant and has been for about 16 months. She's solid, with a chiseled appearance, so much so that she looks like she has been carved from a giant rock, until she slowly begins to...


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14 Headlines about Elephants from POLK CITY2016-05-07 - Polk city, United States - US circus elephants bow out, retire to Florida 2016-01-29 - Polk City, United States - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation Mourns the Passing of Young Asian Elephant Mike 2015-11-09 - Polk City, United States - Where Ringling Brothers Elephants Go To Retire 2015-04-09 - Polk City, United States - Circus elephant sanctuary ‘like “Jurassic Park” with a happy ending,’ owner says 2011-11-29 - Polk City, United States - USDA Fines Ringling Circus Owner $270,000 Over Animal Treatment 2009-01-30 - Polk City, United States - Ringling Brothers names new elephant "Barack" 2008-12-16 - Polk City, United States - Elephant breeding program a cause of controversy 2008-05-20 - Polk City, United States - Polk firefighters scramble to protect elephants 2007-08-14 - Polk City, United States - Asian Elephants Find Oasis in Florida 2006-08-01 - POLK CITY, United States - Two Ringling Bros. Elephants Are Under Quarantine. One of the animals has contracted tuberculosis, officials say. 2005-04-15 - POLK CITY, United States - Elephant handler David Mannes to Recover From Elephant Kick 2005-04-15 - POLK CITY, United States - Elephant attack ruled an accident by Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 2005-04-14 - POLK CITY, United States - Hospitalized man Injured by Elephant at The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephant Conservation Center 2005-01-08 - POLK CITY, United States - Elephants Cared for At Facility in Polk

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