The end of the circus

Added on by Loren Elliott.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus made its final trip to Tampa recently. It will be shutting down in May, due to decreased ticket sales and opposition from animal-rights groups. 

A tiger is seen in an enclosure during the "animal open house" before the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. The circus has announced it will be shutting down in May of 2017.

A tiger is seen in an enclosure during the "animal open house" before the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. The circus has announced it will be shutting down in May of 2017.