first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Adding one acre to the Elephants of Surin, as proposed in the report, would increase its cost from $19 million to $33 million – a $14 million increase. “We have received the study and are reviewing it,” said Los Angeles Zoo spokesman Jason Jacobs. While animal activists say the proposed two-acre exhibit would be too small to humanely keep elephants, zoo officials say it would exceed national standards. Citing excessive costs, the CAO report rejected such options as building a four- to six-acre elephant exhibit near the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park, or sending Ruby, Gita and Billy to one of two national sanctuaries for elephants. The report also said the elephants in their current environment were deemed to be healthy to moderately healthy. Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Elephants at the Los Angeles Zoo deserve larger quarters and should not be shipped off to a sanctuary, according to an independent review released late Tuesday. The much-anticipated report by the Chief Administrative Office recommends that L.A.’s three elephants stay in L.A. – and their new exhibit be increased from two to three acres. The roughly 75-page CAO report consulted more than 30 zoo professionals, biologists and activists worldwide in order to respond to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s contention that the city’s elephants need more space. City officials will soon decide whether to heed the report’s recommendation or resort to other options such as closing the exhibit and packing the elephants off to a sanctuary. Until then, nearly $11 million needed to complete the exhibit has been put on hold. last_img read more