Elephant Lands Now Open at Oregon Zoo

The $57 million Elephant Lands expansion at the Oregon Zoo in Portland is now open.


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Elephant Lands at the Oregon Zoo has been an eight-year project in the making, and from the looks of the new exhibit, the hard work is really paying off.


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The former elephant exhibit gave the elephants about a quarter of the space that they can now access and the new exhibit has been designed to maximize comfort for the animals.


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One aspect of the design that will promote the health of the elephants is the 3 to 4 feet of sand that covers the habitat.  Walking on sand is better for the animals’ foot health.


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According to zoo officials, elephants will have more choices and opportunities in the new exhibit which offers pools for swimming, indoor and outdoor spaces, and options of when and where to eat and drink.  Zoo guests will also be able to get closer to the elephants than they could on the previous habitat.


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