The 20-acre farm was started and operated by Ted Svertesky and the present owner Patricia Zerbini.
Svertesky and Zerbini ran the farm until 1994 when Ted Svertesky was killed in a train accident.
Zerbini keep all her elephants there, and lease out to Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (RBBB)
Ringlings breeding farm, Williston
RBBB has leased parts of the farm to house their elephants, as breeding center between 1994 and 1996, when they built the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation.
"While visiting Ringling’s elephant breeding compound in Williston, Florida, worldfamous elephant trainer Axel Gautier was stomped to death by an elephant."Los Angeles Times, October 11, 1994
Ringlings retirement center, Williston
Since 1996 Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus lease a small portion of it to house Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus elephant retirement facility.
Until the time of his death Jan. 7, 2007, Harry Locker, 52, was operations manager of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baileys retired circus elephants in Williston.