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L.A. City Council to decide fate of elephant exhibit

January 28, 2009 | 10:25 am

The fate of Billy the elephant, who resides in the L.A. Zoo, will be decided today by the Los Angeles City Council.

The council will decide whether to let the zoo complete the $42-million, six-acre Pachyderm Forest, which would allow Billy more roaming room, or halt construction permanently and take the zoo out of the elephant-keeping business.

A special meeting of the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee was held Tuesday afternoon, and its chairman, Tom LaBonge, said he would recommend that the council vote to continue construction on the project, which started in 2006 but was put on hold a month ago.

-- Carla Hall