A relationship built on respect, trust, affection and uncompromising care.
The animal care professionals at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® believe
that a positive, healthy environment is the only acceptable and
successful method of working with animals. The animals are fed, watered,
groomed and cleaned daily. The entire stable area, including individual
stalls, is cleaned regularly. The manure is removed and fresh bedding
Trainers teach animals routines that showcase their
physical abilities and beauty, as well as their distinctive behaviors.
Our training methods are based on reinforcement in the form of food
rewards and words of praise. Verbal or physical abuse and the
withholding of food or water are strictly prohibited. Drugs or sedatives
are not administered unless prescribed by our vets for medical reasons.
Our valuable vets.
Ringling Bros.® employs a full-time veterinary
staff to provide ongoing medical care for all of our animals. Each
animal in our circus family receives regular, thorough medical
examinations and all needed vaccinations. Each touring unit has its own
veterinary technician who travels with the show and provides daily
medical care to the animals, while two full-time veterinarians travel
between the units.
In addition, we work with a network of 90 local
veterinarians, and one is on call 24 hours a day in each city where the
show performs. There are no days off for animal care. It is a
7-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year responsibility that we
take very seriously.