Elephant Exhibit Opens at Hogle Zoo

Elephant Exhibit Opens at Hogle Zoo

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The ribbon for the Hogle Zoo's new Elephant Encounter exhibit wasn't cut -- it was broken.

Misha, a seven-thousand female African elephant, did the honors at the ceremony yesterday officially opening the elephant exhibit.

Two rhinos also will live in the habitat.

A 110 thousand-gallon swimming channel, varying terrain, three separate yards and a heated surface area are part of the $5.5 million naturalistic habitat.

Elephant Encounter is part of a $10.2 million general obligation bond that was approved by Salt Lake voters in 2003. Groundbreaking for the next part of the project, Asian Highlands, the habitat for the big cats, will be in July.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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