After more than 160 years, elephants will no longer perform under the big top of North America’s biggest circus.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’s 11 elephants performed for the last time Sunday at a show in Providence, Rhode Island.
After taking their final bow, the animals will enjoy retirement at the circus’s 200-acre conservation park in Florida.
Circus owners say they are responding to the shifting attitudes in regards to live entertainment featuring animals.
The U-S Humane Society says more than a dozen circuses in the U-S still use elephants in their performances.