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Elephants to star in San Diego Zoo's latest -- and largest -- exhibit

April 17, 2009 |  5:40 pm

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The San Diego Zoo is nearing completion of its biggest expansion ever: $45 million, four years in the making, 18 months of construction, 7.5 acres, to host 30 species.

The Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey is set to open May 23. Four Asian elephants now at the zoo's Wild Animal Park will be transferred to the exhibit, joining three elephants already at the zoo..

--Tony Perry, San Diego

Photo: Workers position a 10½-foot-tall Colombian mammoth sculpture. The 8,000-pound life-size replica of a female mammoth is one of eight statues to be featured in the Zoo's Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey exhibit.  Credit: Ken Bohn/AFP/Getty Images.

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