: Citizens advocating to: (a) keep the three elephants at the Toronto Zoo, and (b) in the
alternative, have them moved to an AZA-accredited facility such as The National Elephant Center (TNEC) in Florida.

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Friday, 29 June 2012

The Florida Option

A collaborative effort from more than 70 AZA-accredited zoos that care for elephants, The National Elephant Center (TNEC) is a new model supporting excellence in elephant care.

The National Elephant Center is located on 225 acres (91 ha) in Fellsmere, Florida about 140km southeast of Orland.

The Center's mission is to improve the elephant population's long-term viability and welfare by promoting excellence in elephant care and management.

To accomplish this The Center collaborates with AZA-accredited zoos and other professional elephant organizations, experts and advocates; brings a scientific approach to husbandry research, professional training, and elephant reproduction; and always provides exceptional care inspired by a deep commitment to the future of elephants.

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See also: Toronto Star: "Zoo’s elephants: Could another retirement option be Florida?"