Former circus elephants are starting to arrive at a new wildlife sanctuary in north Florida. The White Oak Conservation Center announced this week that a dozen female Asian elephants have already arrived at the refuge located north of Jacksonville (in Yulee). Up to 20 more elephants are expected once more areas are completed at the planned 2,500-acre space. Most of the animals previously traveled with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus until they were retired in 2016.
… The elephants will eventually have access to nine interlinked areas that will include a variety of vegetation and habitat types, such as wetlands, meadows and woods. The center also is constructing 11 waterholes and three barns with veterinary equipment.
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