Smithsonian Zoo’s LEED Gold Asian elephant center is a comfortable eco-friendly home for animals
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While the ethics of holding animals in captivity is a hotly debated topic, the Smithsonian’s Elephant Trails community is a great case study for the benefits of zoos. The spacious elephant barn is designed to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) standards for elephant care, which sets requirements for space, enclosure, design, nutrition, reproduction, enrichment, and veterinary care. Zookeepers and veterinarians work tirelessly to give the elephants a quality living environment, creating individualized...