3 The first ever female ring master made her debut in Orlando, Florida last week. The first African American ring master debuted back in 1999.
4 The circus employs as many as 300 people, including performers, trainers, transportation crew and more. The show visits more than 100 cities a year.
5 Animal rights activists began pressuring the circus and the cities that hosted the shows years ago over the treatment of circus animals, especially the elephants. Once the elephants were retired from the show last year, Feld officials say it was just a matter of time before the show ended permanently.