Fun Facts: Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Elephants, Tigers & Horses Oh My! #ChiRingling,

Ringling Bros. ® Asian elephants
Ringling Bros. ® Asian elephants

Menage Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® Asian Elephants

• Ringling Bros . has the largest sustainable herd of captive Asian elephants in the western hemisphere. • So far, we’ve had 25 elephant calves born in to our breeding program!

• The Ringling Bros. ® Asian elephants show off fresh and classic dance moves reflecting each elephant’s unique talent and personality.

• Elephants learn by imitating and can respond to over 60 verbal cues.

Ringling Bros. ® Asian elephants
Ringling Bros. ® Asian elephants

• The tallest point of an elephant is its head . . . about the height of a basketball hoop!

• To stay healthy, an elephant drinks up to 800 glasses of water a day!

• Asian elephants have 150,000 muscles in their trunks!

• Their trunks are strong and flexible enough to pick up a large log or an object as fragile as an egg.

• A full grown elephant tooth weighs about as much as a 9 pound bowling ball.

• When elephants feel hot, they flap their ears to cool down.

• Elephants eat up to 300 pounds of food a day. That’s more than people eat in two months!


Tabayara Maluenda Tiger Trainer

• Tabayara presents the largest display of big cats in the world, standing eye to eye with 18 ferocious exotic tigers.

• Taba’s fast paced Bengal tigers include the traditional Black/Orange , Black/White, Tabby, and all White variations.


• A tiger can eat 60 pounds of meat in a single night. That’s like eating 385 hamburgers!

• Tigers communicate their feelings through body language such as the position of their ears and tail.


• The average span of a tiger’s swipe is 5 feet.

• The total amount of pressure of a tiger’s jaw is 300 pounds.


• In Built To Amaze , Tabayara presents a remarkable new element as four tigers, each poised with just one razor sharp claw on a spindle and using their hind legs rotate in perfect unison.

• Tabayara and these mighty tigers jump, roar and dance, and have the audience on the edge of their seats.

• Like your fingerprint, no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes. Lucenir Viera de Souza , Ashley Vargas and Robert Stipka


Liberty Carousel and Musical Rings

• Liberty horses perform using only voice and visual commands.

• The horses performing in BUILT TO AMAZE are Arabians, Friesians, Paints and Norwegian Fjords. • Robert Stipka, Jr. leads 4 exotic Arabian horses in a game of “musical rings” where the horses perform full waltzes in sync with musical cues.

• Horses can live from 25 to 25 years of age.

• Lucenir displays equine excellence as she presents the elegant and athletic white Arabian horses in a liberty display.

• A circus horse act is generally referred to as a “liberty” act; free from riders or tethers.

• In the liberty horse act, horses perform free, without riders, guided using only voice and visual commands .

• Ringling Bros. beloved animal presentations will delight all as Ringling Bros. constructs a mesmerizing living carousel uniting powerful yet elegant Friesi an and Arab horses that are remarkably synchronized with beautiful aerialists suspended above the arena floor.


• Always be careful when in front or behind a horse because these are their blind spots.

• Horses have an upper prehensile lip that is very sensitive and can be used to pick things up. • A horses brain is the size of a potato.

• Horses ears point where they are looking.

• A horse sees two different images from each eye.

• A horse cannot breathe from its mouth. 

• Horses only sleep 3-4 hrs in a 24 hr period.

• Horse s lock their legs when they sleep so they don't fall over. They can sleep while standing.

• Horses can communicate how they are feeling by their facial expressions. They use their ears, nostrils, and eyes to show their moods.

• They have better vision at night than humans do.

• Horses can drink 10 gallons of water a day.

• A horses’ head weighs 10 pounds on average.

• Horses have monocular vision. They can use both eyes to look at two different objects since they are on each side of their head. Hence, they can use one eye to watch the front, and another to watch

Disclosure: Informational post only. All photos from Feld Entertainment.