Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Red Unit), in Venice, United States, was founded in 1969.
Elephants owned, residing and performing with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus can be found at several different locations, which have been divided up for clarification of record keeping and to give a better idea of herd identifications. They include:
- Ringling Brothers Circus (1884 - 1918)
- Barnum & Bailey Circus (1888 - 1918)
- Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (1919 - 1968)
- Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Blue Unit (1969 - present)
- Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Red Unit (1969 - present)
- Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Gold Unit (1988 - present)
- Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus European Tour (1963 - 1964)
- Circus World at Polk City (1974 - 1984
- Ringling Retirement Farm at Williston (1984 - 2010)
- Ringling Brother's Center for Elephant Conservation (1995 - present).
1967-11-11: John Ringling North sold the RBBB circus to Israel and Irvin Feld, who wanted to create a second unit, and needed a star to promote it. Gunther Gebel-Williams was star in europe on Circus Wiilliams, and Field managed to hire Gunther and the entire Circus Wiilliams for two million dollars for a four-year renewable contract.
1968: Together with 5 elephants bought from Chipperfield Circus for the European tour, came 13 elephants with Circus Wiilliams, those 18 elephants and the entire Circus Wiilliams famed the new developed Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Red Unit (1969 - present). The original elephant herd were then labelled as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Blue Unit (1969 - present).
1970: Gunthers and Sigrids son Oliver (Buffy) Gebel was born 17 August 1970. Oliver Gebel married Cristina Moraru, and they have the sons, Adam and Hunter Gebel. Jeanette Williams later married aerialist Elvin Bale, and they have the son Pinky Bale.
1976: Gunther became american citizen.
1990-11-18: Gunther retired from Circus, and would only make two returns.
1996: Gunther had to undergo heart surgery.
1998-09-27: Gunther made his last performance on circus, replacing his son, Mark Oliver, to allow him to be present at the birth of his own son.
2000: Gunther had to undergo removal of a brain tumor, and started chemo therapy.
2001-07-19: Gunther Gebel-Williams died in Venice, Florida, USA (cancer)
2004: Mark Gebel left RBBB circus.
2010: Here’s the red show elephant department as seen in Fairfax, Virginia, two weeks ago. From left to right—elephants first with ages—are Asia 42, Tonka 26, Luna 26, Assan 53, Sara 53, Toby 49, Banko 34, Siam 32, and Baby 49.
2011: The 56 animals on tour with Fully Charged include: Asian elephants (9) (Names: Asia, Assan, Baby, Banko, Luna, Sarah, Siam II, Toby, and Tonka.) // http://mythoughtsideasandramblings.com/2011/10/13/ringling-bros-barnum-bailey/
2016: The blue and the read ring was closed, and the elephants transfered to the Conservation Center