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Eden the Elephant is touring Bristol

10th August 2018

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Photograph Eden on her travels for your chance to win a family ticket to the zoo.

Eden the Elephant by the Suspension Bridge

Image courtesy of Katie Grant and distributed by Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm™

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm are celebrating World Elephant Day on Saturday 11th August with their 3 African bull Elephants, Shaka, Janu and M’Changa. With the day fast approaching, the zoo took their beloved ‘Eden the Elephant’ for a tour around Bristol stopping to say hi to the public along the way and explain what they are doing to help Elephant conservation this weekend.

The zoo is renowned for having the largest Elephant Enclosure in the UK, a massive 20 acres, and this weekend their Elephants are under the spotlight once again. On Saturday the keepers will be engaging visitors with special keeper talks and fundraising stands. Several lucky visitors will also be taking part in a special Elephant enrichment activity where they will hide some tasty treats inside the enclosure for the boys to find.

Elephant numbers have dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers and the IUCN Red List lists African Elephants as Vulnerable to Extinction in the Wild. This year the zoo is fundraising for the Elephants and Bees project, one of the Save the Elephants innovative programs. Elephants have a natural fear of bees and will instinctively avoid bee hives. The project is using this natural behaviour to dissuade crop-raiding Elephants and minimise human-elephant conflict.

Tom Lindley, Elephant keeper at Noahs Ark said, “World Elephant Day is a great opportunity to celebrate our Elephants and encourage visitors to help with conservation efforts. Visitors are always in awe of the Elephants’ size and presence when they are face-to-face with one of our boys along the fence line.”

Eden isn’t done exploring the city yet. If you spot the Elephant on her travels this summer send your photos to the zoo for a chance to win a family ticket to Noah’s Ark this summer holiday.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is open Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 5pm.

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