Twycross Zoo’s all-female elephant herd are leaving for a new home. Their new home will be at Blackpool Zoo and will allow the herd to breed naturally with a bull elephant. This will ensure the long-term survival of this beautiful, endangered species.
Although our facilities are amongst the best in the world, and are suited to house an all-female herd, we cannot accommodate an adult male elephant. Elephants are highly social creatures and the latest research has shown us that having a bull in their herd mix is vital for their well-being.
We are working in conjunction with European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEP) to ensure our elephants are going to a zoo where they will continue to have the best facilities and care, as well as the opportunity to breed.
All of our elephants will be together in Blackpool and will accompany Kate already at their new home.
How will we move the elephants?
Our elephants will be moved via specially designed elephant transport crates. To ensure this happens with as little stress as possible, our elephants and expert keepers are working on positive reinforcement training so that the elephants will go in and out of their crates happily in preparation for their journey to their new home.
When will they move?
Ultimately, the elephants will only move when we are happy that they are confident with the crates and the process and the receiving zoo is completely ready.
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