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Remaining Pachyderms Leaving National Elephant Center in Fellsmere, Florida

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National Elephant Center
Currently there are only two elephants being housed at the National Elephant Center in Fellsmere.
Tsavo, an estimated 7-year-old male, and Thandi, and unrelated female around 35 or 36 years old.
(Sam Wolfe/Treasure Coast Newspapers)

National Elephant Center
The 225-acres National Elephant Center, located along south edge of the C-54 canal, opened in 2013. Two elephants from Disney's Animal Kingdom currently reside at the facility. (Sam Wolfe/Treasure Coast Newspapers)

FELLSMERE — The National Elephant Center is losing its only pachyderm residents but the nonprofit facility is expected to remain open, city officials said Tuesday.

Fellsmere City Manager Jason Nunemaker said he and Mayor Susan Adams were assured by center officials that it will remain open despite the pending relocation of male and female elephants who were part of a herd of four that arrived in 2013 from Disney's Animal Kingdom. Two of those elephants died at the center in 2014.

Nunemaker said he wasn't sure when the elephants would be leaving.

"I talked to the Mayor (Tuesday) morning and what was conveyed to her is the elephants that are there are indeed returning to Disney, but that they are not closing," Nunemaker said. "I guess they're just in a holding pattern until new animals arrive, but nothing is scheduled at this point."

Reached Sunday on his cellphone, the center's operations manager Scott Krug declined to elaborate but said the facility is open and is not slated to close.

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