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Circus animals to arrive in Raleigh Monday

Posted February 5, 2012
Updated February 6, 2012

Ringling Bros. presents ZING ZANG ZOOM at the RBC Center in February.

I've gotten your emails. I know many of you want to know when the animals from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be arriving in Raleigh.

Here's the official word right now: 6:30 p.m., Monday. Please note that these times can change!

The actual arrival time is a moving target and not set in stone, but 6:30 p.m., Monday is the plan right now. The animals will be unloaded from a 53-car-long steel coach on Hillsborough Street across from Dorton Arena on the N.C. State Fairgrounds around 6 p.m.. The best place to see the animal walk is along the road adjacent to the back loading dock of the RBC Center. They will get there around 6:30 p.m.

"Fully Charged" will be at the RBC Center from Wednesday to Sunday with multiple shows. Click here for details and tickets. And here's more information on a Go Ask Mom ticket discount.


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  • catwoman2 Feb 8, 2012


  • shall6 Feb 8, 2012

    Catwoman ... I've emailed the circus to see if they have any guidance ...


  • catwoman2 Feb 8, 2012

    Thank you Sarah. I would imagine it would be sometime after the last show on Sunday. Will check for latest show time.

  • mgratk Feb 7, 2012

    Cyclonictomato, I'd happily watch those animals perform-- I've done so before. And I'd also eat those animals if I got the chance. I'd love it!

  • cyclonictomato Feb 7, 2012

    Are you guys serious? I'm surprised that animal circuses are still allowed to exist. I can't believe that you are going to take your children to watch tortured and abused animals perform for your pleasure. Wow. Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, paid the largest settlement of its kind in U.S. history―$270,000―for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) just last November. It saddens me at how excited you all are about this.

  • shall6 Feb 7, 2012

    Not sure catwoman2. The circus ends on Sunday and I believe they leave pretty quickly to get to their next show.


  • catwoman2 Feb 7, 2012

    Do we know when they will return to the train? They were late walking last night.

  • nheadley00 Feb 6, 2012

    That was the coolest thing EVER!

  • dquinn Feb 6, 2012

    Thank you so much for checking! We are excited :)

  • shall6 Feb 6, 2012

    Just checked with the circus ... it's on schedule.