Elephants Tara and Minbu packed up their trunks earlier this year, and Noorjahan and Esha made their way up the M6 on Wednesday 29th August to Blackpool.
Check out a first glimpse of their arrival at Blackpool here…
More photos and videos coming soon…
Why have the elephants moved?
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.
In conjunction with European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEP) 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.
How did we move the elephants?
Our elephants moved via specially designed elephant transport crates. To ensure this happenend with as little stress as possible, our elephants and expert keepers worked on positive reinforcement training so that our elephants would go in and out of their crates happily.
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