Inside The Pittsburgh Zoo’s Elephant Conservation Center

CBS Pittsburgh

SOMERSET COUNTY (KDKA) — Many of us have seen the African elephants at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, but the zoo has started a place in Somerset County few people have ever seen.

It’s called the International Conservation Center, or ICC. It’s on more than 700 acres of rolling hills and it’s where five elephants now call home.

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Elephant keeper Tom Bakke showed KDKA’s David Highfield how they set up an area for what they call “enrichment” for the elephants.

David was asked to smear a mixture of peanut butter, raisins and sweet feed on tree stumps.

The keepers then overturn some of the stumps to create a play yard with hidden pockets of the peanut butter treat.

When it was time to release the elephants from the barn, they immediately ran out to sniff out the food.

The elephants overturned the huge stumps…

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