Development of the National Elephant Center: Planning for Endangered Wildlife

APA Florida, Atlantic Coast Section


Friday, March 27, 2015
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

Fellsmere, FL, United States

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The National Elephant Center (TNEC) is a short- and long-term care facility for elephants in support of the accredited zoo population and for the welfare of elephants in need. TNEC is not open to the general public and is not intended as an attraction, however, special permission has been given to participants of this event to visit the site. During this rare opportunity participants will engage with staff of TNEC who will discuss the development of the property and how to plan for endangered wildlife. To begin, participants will learn about the history of elephant conservation, local conservation history, and selecting a preferred location, with a focus on climate, nearby expertise, and local community and public support. Next, the presentation will cover site development and site planning, with considerations for privacy, separation, shelter, activities, and feeding and nutrition. The presentation will then highlight the land use considerations, local permitting process, economic impact, future plans and lessons learned. Participants must register in advance with Dodie Selig at and will be responsible for transportation to the facility and the cost of lunch. We will be meeting at Marsh Landing Restaurant in Fellsmere for lunch and a speaker. The road to the Center is unpaved, so bring a vehicle suited for the terrain if possible. Carpooling is possible as well from the restaurant to the Center. Monetary or material goods donations to the National Elephant Center are appreciated. A list of material goods the Center is in need of (new or used) can be found at