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Sedgwick County approves expansion of zoo

2013-09-14 - Wichita, United States.

The Sedgwick County Zoo will get about $31 million from the county over the next five years, giving zoo supporters a boost in efforts to expand the elephant exhibit. The zoo has two elephants and needs at least one more to meet new requirements for accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


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Zookeeper Norma Gheen works with the elephant Cinda at the Sedgwick County Zoo on Friday. The zoo currently has two elephants but new standards will require that they have enough space to hold three.

Sedgwick County Zoo needs to make room for one more elephant

2012-01-30 - Wichita, United States.

Stephanie and Cinda have been two peas in a pod for 40 years, but the Sedgwick County Zoo needs to make room for a new friend for them. If it can’t, it risks losing the popular elephants. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is requiring that all zoos it accredits have space for at least three elephants by September 2016.


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Wichita elephant exhibit may expand

2010-03-21 - Wichita, United States.

Sedgwick County is looking into building a new elephant exhibit and breeding facility. The zoo already has two South African bush elephants — Stephanie and Cinda. Their exhibit measures 19,000 square feet. But that would expand under a plan the zoo’s board of directors will vote on in July. The plan calls for 4.75 acres of public viewing space that could hold up to six African elephant cows with calves and two bulls.


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Zoo concerned elephants could fall in moat

2010-02-11 - Wichita, Kansas, United States. Beccy Tanner

The exhibit for the elephants at the Sedgwick County Zoo is about to get a new look — and some visitors may not like it. It's a safety issue for the aging elephants, the zoo says. Work began this week to replace the moat in the exhibit with an 8-foot-tall post and cable fence. Stephanie and Cinda, the two South African bush elephants, are close to 40 years old. Zoo officials are concerned that the elephants, who like to stretch their trunks out for treats and grass on the other side, could los...


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Circus elephants escape, are recaptured

2008-06-05 - Wichita, United States.

Two elephants that broke loose from a traveling circus are back in custody in Kansas. The elephants were apparently spooked by severe weather that moved across the state today and got out of their enclosures. They wandered into the town of WaKeeney. One ended up in a resident's backyard less than a mile from the Trego County Fairgrounds. It was blocked off by fire trucks until its trainers could coax it onto a truck. The second elephant was tranquilized in another resident's backyard, coaxed int...


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Zoo unveils big plans for the future

2008-05-30 - Wichita, United States.

The Sedgwick County Zoo has unveiled its plans for the future, which should mean new animals and a lot of changes at the popular attraction. If the zoo has its way, there could be a multi-million dollar walk-through elephant exhibit, a new events center that could seat 2,000 people and an aquatic complex.


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5 Headlines about Elephants from Wichita2013-09-14 - Wichita, United States - Sedgwick County approves expansion of zoo 2012-01-30 - Wichita, United States - Sedgwick County Zoo needs to make room for one more elephant 2010-03-21 - Wichita, United States - Wichita elephant exhibit may expand 2008-06-05 - Wichita, United States - Circus elephants escape, are recaptured 2008-05-30 - Wichita, United States - Zoo unveils big plans for the future

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