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Wed, 29 May 2013 09:07:35 CDT
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COAL VALLEY, Ill. (AP) _ Western Illinois' Niabi Zoo may be
saying goodbye to its aging elephants.
An expert report says it'd cost millions to upgrade the Coal
Valley facility's enclosure for the pair of pachyderms, who are 37
and 40. Officials say they're the only elephants at an Illinois
The (Moline) Dispatch says (http://bit.ly/13YB1zl ) the report,
commissioned by Rock Island County officials, recommends sending
the pair to a warmer climate and adding rhinos.
The elder elephant has health problems and now sleeps standing
up. Authorities say she could injure zoo staff if she were to fall
The Niabi Zoo lost its accreditation last year after the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums said some exhibits, including the
elephant enclosure, were lacking.
A final decision will be made by the county's Forest Preserve
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