Once the other areas are completed, another 20 pachyderms are expected to arrive
Yuli, Florida- Elephants that once belonged to the circus have begun to reach a new wildlife sanctuary in North Florida.
The White Oak Conservation Center announced on Monday that more than a dozen Asian elephants have arrived at Yuri’s shelter north of Jacksonville. Once the construction of other areas is completed within 1,010 hectares (2,500 acres) of space, it is expected that another 20 pachyderm will arrive.
The specimen came from the Polk County Elephant Conservation Center. Most of the epithelium once belonged to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus until it was deleted in 2016.
Nick Newby, the leader of the elephant care team, has been familiar with each animal and its habits in the past few years.
Newby said in a statement: “Watching elephants enter their habitat is an incredible moment.” “Seeing them like elephants, getting along and comforting each other, and then going out to explore new environments. , I’m very excited. It’s amazing to see an elephant swimming for the first time.”
The statement said that eventually, these elephants will have access to nine connected areas, which include different vegetation and habitats, such as wetlands, swamps and forests. The shelter is also building 11 puddles and 3 barns with veterinary equipment.
Authorities say that Asian elephants are a threatened species among wild animals. There are fewer than 50,000 specimens in freedom, and the territory they live in has shrunk to 15% of its historical range.
White Oak is owned by philanthropists Mark and Kimbra Walter. The center covers an area of approximately 6,880 hectares (17,000 acres) and is home to several endangered species, including rhinos, okapi, bongos, zebras, bald eagles, gazelles and cheetahs.