26 Sep '13, 8pm

Sanctuary offers new home to elephants in Florida

The National Elephant Center in Fellsmere, Florida welcomed its first pachyderms in May this year. The group consisted of two adult females and two adolescent males. The National Elephant center is the first elephant sanctuary of its kind, created to by members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help ensure that the long-term survival of both the Asian and African species. African elephants are considered to be vulnerable, and Asian elephants are endangered. According to the center's website, the 225-acre property has been outfitted with four barns, watering holes, and large meanders for the elephants to explore. The property was once a private citrus grove, and it didn't take long for the new residents to discover the fruit, executive director John Lehnhardt told the AP's Suzette Laboy : Smelling the trees, [the female Moyo] tried to grab one that kept getting aw...

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