The White Oak Conservation Center announced recently that a dozen female Asian elephants have already arrived at the Yulee refuge, located north of Jacksonville, Florida. Up to 20 more elephants are expected once more areas are completed at the planned 2,500 acre (1,010-hectare) space. Most of the animals previously traveled with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus until they were retired in 2016. The elephants will eventually have access to nine interlinked areas that will include a variety of vegetation and habitat types. White Oak is owned by philanthropists Mark and Kimbra Walter. The center covers about 17,000 acres (6,880 hectares) and is already home to several other endangered or threatened species.

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