Sunday, April 21, 2024

Construction Nears on The National Elephant Center

TNEC Property in Fellsmere, FL, courtesy The National Elephant Center

WPTV reports on The National Elephant Center in Fellsmere, FL, USA, a collaborative effort of 73 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) member institutions:

“National Elephant Center officials are expected next week to hammer out a budget and timeline for turning their dream of a 225-acre ranch for training and retiring zoo elephants into a reality this year in the city’s agricultural northwest area, south of the C-54 Canal.

“‘We have made a decision on a construction company,’ center Chairman Rick Borangi said Wednesday. ‘They’re in the ($2.5 million) ballpark. So there’s no surprises.’

“He declined to identify the builder, whose proposal was selected from a handful of others, until the center’s board can notify other finalists vying for the job. He said his organization still has to negotiate details, such as areas of possible cost-savings, before awarding the contract.”


Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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