Little Touches was treated to an exclusive Press Launch on Friday 23rd March, giving us a sneak peek at a much welcomed addition to Blackpool's visitor offering .
The multi-million pound elephant facility, which has been named Project Elephant Base Camp, will open to the public on Saturday 24th March. It combines the UK’s largest indoor elephant house with a huge outdoor habitat and an immersive themed visitor experience through Asia.
Visitors will find themselves at eye level with the herd of elephants, which currently consists of Kate, who has lived in Blackpool for 46 years, Tara, who came from Twycross Zoo in January and Minbu, who arrived from the same zoo in March. Plans are currently underway to transport the remaining two female elephants from Twycross and the search is on to identify a bull elephant to complete the group.
Our brand new concept in animal care, Project Elephant, will open visitors’ eyes to the future of zoos and in-situ conservation programmes working together to preserve our most iconic species. Project Elephant Base Camp is at the very heart of Blackpool Zoo’s commitment to securing a future where Asian elephants can thrive – in the zoo’s care, in the care of others and in the wild.
Darren Webster, Zoo Director
Last, but certainly not least, on the visitor journey is the huge indoor facility. The high-level viewing platform has been designed to give the best possible view of the elephants and a sweeping view across the indoor area, showing how enormous the space is. The visitor viewing area walls are themed with an immersive jungle habitat and adorned with three-dimensional, interactive exhibits to teach people all about these magnificent animals.
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