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Everyone say ahhhhh - new elephant arrival

4th September 2014

Categories: News

An adorable young bull elephant called Janu has arrived at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol marking the start of the second phase of the ground-breaking Elephant Eden project, the largest elephant habitat in northern Europe promoting welfare advances.

Janu, from Port Lympne Reserve in Kent, will now be company for female elephant Buta and marks the beginning of the crucial establishment of the new herd at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm which will provide for the complex social needs of each elephant.

The vast 20 acre (8 hectare) Elephant Eden habitat has been labelled a “five star destination for elephants” by well known international elephant management consultant Alan Roocroft due to the facilities revolutionary design.

Female African elephant Buta arrived at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in February from Knowsley Safari, Merseyside.

Elephant Eden is designed to offer enrichment and welfare advances for elephants already living in captivity, and is the largest of its kind.

With extensive grazing areas, sand yards, mud wallows and a state-of-the-art heated elephant barn, it offers significantly more space to roam and enjoy for elephants in the UK, giving them the freedom to walk several kilometres a day.

US-based elephant consultant Mr Roocroft is well known for his work with European and American zoos in supporting improvements for elephant keeping and has advised Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm through the design, build and running of the project.

The project has been led by Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm’s Director Anthony Bush, at a cost of £2 million, assisted by DEFRA grant funding.

The 120 acre zoo park has appointed a new team of experienced elephant Keepers to run the elephant complex to ensure the best care is given to each elephant.

Elephants Janu and Buta will be joined by Kruger and others as the project now gathers momentum.

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