The National Elephant Center's primary goal is to ensure African elephants' long-term survival. The animal is listed as endangered in Asia and vulnerable in Africa.
At the newly opened National Elephant Center in Fellsmere, Florida, four African elephants have found a new home — and a new favorite food — on the grounds of a former citrus farm. The elephants have discovered how to pluck oranges from the trees with their trunks and pop it into their mouths, and they reportedly eat up to 300 oranges a day. Fresh Valencia oranges are not the only thing that makes the 200-acre center unique. It is also the only such site operated by the U.S. zoo community to house displaced elephants.
The center is open to two categories of the mammoth mammals: Those sent for a limited stay by zoos that need to temporarily free up space for renovations or breeding and elephants that need a permanent home when their previous institutional or private owners can no longer care for them.
In this image: Jeff Bolling, the CEO of the National Elephant Center near Fellsmere, Fla., checks one of the four African elephants living on 200 acres in the heart of Florida's citrus grove region. The elephants are on loan from Disney. The land is leased from a private citrus grove at $1 per year.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.