“The Greatest Show on Earth” is closing its curtains for the last time in a few months.
Feld Entertainment, which has owned Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus for the last 50 years, announced holding its final set of performances in May of this year. This is sad news considering the circus has been practically a part of every person’s childhood.
High operating costs and the decline of ticket sales “made the circus an unsustainable business for the company,” Feld said. Before taking the final bow, the Ringling Bros., will perform 30 shows across the United States between now and May.
For years, the elephants have been in the spotlight and their dance routines featured prominently in the shows.
But due to mounting criticism from animal rights groups, the Ringling Bros. phased out the elephant acts entirely.