The National Elephant Center Blog

Updates on our new facility and thoughts on elephant care. Curated by our leadership team, John Lehnhardt and Jeff Bolling.

End of Summer

by John Lehnhardt

It has been a warm and wet summer in Florida and our elephant herd has been happily basking in the sun, swimming in the lakes and generally enjoying life in beautiful Florida. This is the season of daily afternoon rains,

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Summertime and the Swimming is Easy…

by John Lehnhardt

 

Summer has come to Florida and our elephant family members are taking full advantage of their heart shaped ponds for a cooling dip in the afternoons. 

elephant_swimming10-year-old male Tufani is submerged in the pond with his aunt Thandi enjoying

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Ready for Elephants

by John Lehnhardt

February was a big month for The National Elephant Center.  We have reached a major milestone and continue to look ahead to a promising future with the first elephants arriving this spring.  Here’s a quick update on all the activity:

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Community Building

by John Lehnhardt

 

We’re hard at work in Fellsmere but we’re not just building a world-class home for elephants.  We’re also building partnerships throughout the local community.  Jeff and I have been busy with both in the past few weeks.  Here’s a

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A Busy End of the Year

by John Lehnhardt

 

There’s a lot going on at The National Elephant Center.

Construction continues to progress nicely.  This week crews installed and covered the septic tank for the keeper work center.  The gates for the interior barn stalls and paddocks arrived

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New Video: Construction Site Tour

by John Lehnhardt & Jeff Bolling

 

With the barn standing tall and elephant habitats coming together, The National Elephant Center looks more complete every day.  We recently provided several local residents and officials with a tour of the construction site.

VeroNews.com put together this video

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October Construction Progress

by John Lehnhardt & Jeff Bolling

 

Construction continues to progress rapidly! Let’s take a quick look at what’s going on.

The poles for the first habitat are all in the ground.  Our construction crew developed a very efficient process that pumps the cement through the

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