Elephants retire from a circus – level 2

Elephants retire from a circus – level 2

17-05-2016 15:00

After 145 years as the centrepiece of the Ringling Brothers' Circus, the show's last 11 elephants arrived at a conservation centre in Florida. They are there to officially retire. They spent most of their lives in front of crowds of people. Now, it is time for a well-earned rest.

Fewer than 40,000 elephants remain in the wild. Two hundred and fifty are in captivity in the United States, 39 of which are now at the 200-acre centre in Florida.

Difficult words: centrepiece (the most important part of something), conservation centre (a place where animals can live safely), captivity (not in the wild).

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