Performing elephants, lions, tigers and horses will entertain those who attend Baron von Uhl's Wild Animal Circus in Warsaw next weekend.

Showtimes will be Sept. 19 at 4:30 and 7 p.m.; Sept. 20 at 1, 4:30 and 7 p.m.; and Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.

The circus will be in a giant tent by Highway 15 across from Wal-Mart in Warsaw where tickets can be purchased at the box office. Prices include $8 for kids under 12, $10 for students and seniors and $14 for adults. Infants get in for free.
Uniformed police, firefighters and active military personnel also will be admitted for free.

Advance discount tickets can be purchased from students at Caudill's ATA Black Belt Academy, 307 W. Market St.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Sharonsweb Autism Foundation.

Clowns, magicians and cycling acrobatic jugglers will entertain the audience.

Elephant rides will be available for $5, and pony rides will be $4. There will be photo opportunities with the basketball-playing elephant.

The circus will feature two performing elephants it adopted from Africa, Tiny, 15, and Twiggy, 20.

Tom Liebling, who is an elephant trainer with the circus, has been with the circus for 50 years. The circus is based out of Orlando, Fla., and has traveled to 25 states this year.

Liebling and his wife, Franciszka, have five children, three of whom perform in the circus.

Their daughter, Cathalina, 13, is a contortionist who bends her body beyond normal human capabilities; Mariska, 9, is a tumbler and trapeze performer; and their son, Tomi, 10, juggles fire in the show.

"The circus is the oldest form of visual entertainment that started during the Roman Empire," Tom said.

Franciszka said attending the circus is a valuable opportunity.

"The circus provides opportunities for people of all ages to have close contact with endangered species and see them up close and their beauty," Franciszka said.

The circus will be in Reynolds this Saturday and travel to Kokomo after visiting Warsaw next weekend.

For more information about the circus, visit wildanimalcircus.com