About the CEC

Background and Purpose of the CEC

A lifelong symbol of the Greatest Show On Earth, the Asian elephant is a respected and revered member of the Ringling Bros. family. In the interest of the species' present and future well-being, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation was established in 1995. Located in central Florida, this 200-acre, state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the conservation, breeding, and understanding of these amazing animals.

Why the CEC?

Built on more than 144 years of experience and expertise of working with elephants and exotic animals, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation has become a global focal point for the study of Asian elephants. The CEC hosts researchers, academicians and conservationists to create new dialogue focused around animal care, conservation and health, and the exchange of knowledge about the Asian elephant – both in the Western Hemisphere and in their range countries.

Comfort & Safety

In designing and implementing the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation, there were several important concerns. First and foremost, of course, was the comfort and well-being of the Asian elephants: plenty of food, water, shade, places to sleep, and areas where the animals could be groomed regularly. The safety of all animals and humans working 24 hours a day at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation was paramount.

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Outside paddocks are connected to barns via a series of chutes to move male elephants from one area to another

Elephants at the CEC spend their days in fields, playing in sand and dirt