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Build It And They Will Come

The luckiest 45 of the nation’s 500 elephants will spend their final years, or at least a well-deserved vacation, in Fellsmere.

Five-year-old Tsavo, one of the first elephants to arrive in Fellsmere, is intrigued when his photo is taken.

Five-year-old Tsavo, one of the first elephants to arrive in Fellsmere, is intrigued when his photo is taken.

As the sun begins to rise, a small family of elephants are gathering for their morning bath ritual. It’s the kind of scene you associate with a safari, but this is not a distant land in Africa; this is Indian River County.

America-based elephants in need of a home and family unit have finally found one here, thanks to the determination of John Lehnhardt and his team, and the support of donors across the country.
 

Read the entire article in the January 2014 issue