Circus elephants arrive for last time in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The circus is in town, and this is the last time that circus goers will get to see elephants perform live during the show.

Ringling Brothers plans to retire all of the Asian elephants in their traveling circus units in May of this year.

This decision came is after increasing pressure from animal rights groups, including PETA.

Ringling Brothers plans to have all 42 elephants retire to their permanent home at the 200-acre Ringling Brothers Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida.

Eleven elephants are on tour with the circus, and it costs about $65,000 a year to care for each elephant.

Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME runs Thursday through Sunday.

Showtimes vary.

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