Elephant acts have been part of the circus for 145 years. now  the pachyderms are going into retirement.

Animal rights activists have been trying for years to help the elephants and blame the circus and its trainers of cruel training and housing.  Video's did surface showing the abuse and finally the public got on the side of the activists.

The 11 remaining elephants that currently were inn the circus, are being retired to Florida where they will join  29 other elephants on 200 acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida.

The Greatest Show on Earth, said their goodbyes to the elephants last night.

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