Ringling's Center for Elephant Conservation is located in Polk City, just a mere 30 minutes from Disney's Animal Kingdom. The center has been in use by Ringling since 1995, and while the majority of the public focus on Ringling has been on its world famous traveling circus act, there are a host of animal abuse complaints regarding the treatment of the elephants at the Conservation Center as well.
Undoubtedly in the days and weeks that follow this announcement, there will be a growing interest in the Ringling's Center for Elephant Conservation and more details about the facility and practices will emerge, as well as a new shift in the center's roles within the company.
Since its inception, the center has seemingly been used as a training facility, breeding center, and research and education center. Now with this announcement come questions as to where the focus of the center will shift to now that the elephants will ideally no longer be training or breeding. Already Ringling is announcing plans to expand the center to appropriately house all the elephants.