Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephants visit Phoenix

Asian elephants and some dancing, that is what took place Wednesday morning outside the U.S. Airways Center.

"I'm just really excited because I got to come over and watch the elephants," said Ale Zur.

5 large asian elephants made an appearance in downtown Phoenix. They are part of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus that is in Phoenix until Monday.

Kids got to learn a dance and see the elephants up close and personal.

"They average about 8,000 pounds each, the largest one on earth is here in Phoenix this week," said Ryan Henning.

"The elephants they are just huge, they have really small eyes, they have huge bodies as well but really small eyes," said Anna Johnson.

The circus also reached out to Sunshine Residential Homes, they take in abused and neglected children from the Department of Child Safety.

"We were so blessed to be able to be invited to this event," said Kara Hawkins with Sunshine Residential Homes.

Ryan Henning is the Assistant Elephant Manager. He says the show also provides information about animal care.

"Animal care messaging, and education, and providing opportunities to everybody to hang out with beautiful elephants who are on the endangered species list," said Henning.

Henning says there are less than 25,000 Asian Elephants in the world. The circus has 42 of them.

The circus is in town until Monday, for more information visit: http://www.ringling.com/
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