Longleat unveils plans to build new Elephant Sanctuary
By nhavergal | Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 12:18
Longleat Adventure and Safari Park, Warminster has unveiled plans to build a new Elephant sanctuary.
Anne the elephant in her current paddock at Longleat.
Artist impression of what the sanctuary will look like.
The sanctuary has been submitted for approval which will include a 994 square metre heated accommodation with sand floors, natural skylight panels and automated feeding systems.
There will be an outdoor space for Elephants which will include and aptly named spa "Thirst Pockets Elephant Spa."
Anne the Elephant will be given a permanent home in the newly proposed sanctuary.
David Bradley, CEO for Longleat said: "We have been working hard on this project ever since Anne first arrived with us and have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the public."
"Donations from visitors and members of the public will help part fund the multi million pound development with the majority of the costs being met by Longleat."
The sanctuary can home up to four Elephants including Anne but has no plans to re-home other Elephants until the development has been complete.
Anne was re-homed by Longleat after being used as a circus Elephant.
Jon Cracknell, Longleat's Director of Animal Operations said: "It will be a huge step forward creating the sanctuary here at Longleat. Although we cannot take in every Elephant, we aim to lead by example and provide a facility to help rescued elephants which can be replicated elsewhere."
Jon Cracknell believes there are around 55 circus Elephants in Europe.
Anne the Elephant has been cared for since coming to Longleat by three experience keepers and received specialised veterinary care, osteopathy and ongoing medical care.
Anne is one of the oldest Elephants in Europe approaching 60 years old.