Monday, August 25, 2014

Elephants Enjoy Oranges at the New National Elephant Center

Orange Elephant "Piggy" Bank from
Four African elephants are now living on 200 acres in the heart of Florida's citrus grove region in the newly opened National Elephant Center.

The center is open to two categories of the mammoth mammals: those sent for a limited stay by zoos that need to temporarily free up space for renovations and elephants that need a permanent home when their previous institutional or private owners can no longer care for them.

Officials at the center, quickly learned the elephants ate oranges from the old trees, eating up to three-hundred oranges a day. Elephants seem to know what is good for them. Or maybe they just enjoy the wonderful sweet taste of oranges.

Some of the elephants at the center are on loan from Disney. The land is leased from a private citrus grove at $1 per year.

The primary goal of the center is to support the individual welfare and long-term sustainability of elephants, which are on the endangered species list.

Officials hope to build a total of five barns to eventually house a dozen elephants.

The National Elephant Center's executive director is John Lehnhardt.

A gift shop in downtown Fellsmere, FL, sells bracelets that help to support the National Elephant Center.

There are estimates that ten percent of the entire African elephant population was poached for ivory last year.

Even if you don’t have Elephants to feed, may we suggest Sunburst Oranges for your supply of nature’s sweet treat, oranges.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for business associates, family or friends? A quick visit to can solve all of your fresh gift giving adventures. We sell only the finest selections and the freshest citrus you can buy.

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Sunburst Oranges
180 South “E” Street
Porterville, CA  93257

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