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Elephant center in Indian River County highlights issue behind zoo animals bill

An African elephant surveys its domain at a zoo. Photo credit: The National Elephant Center

Groundbreaking is planned next week for the National Elephant Center in Indian River County, which supporters and opponents alike of HB 1117 say represents their arguments on the bill.

HB 1117 would allow zoos to place elephants and other ungulate (hoofed) mammals on state lands with Cabinet approval. The bill was sent to Gov. Rick Scott on Friday and he has until April 14 to take action.

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