Elephant eden praised for raising standards of care across UK
PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 May 2015
A zoo farm has been praised for the excellent care it is providing its elephants in the state-of the art facility which was built for them last year.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall has been commended by world-renowned elephant management consultant Alan Roocroft who claims the zoo farm’s elephant programme and habitat could help to raise standards of elephant care in the UK and Europe.
Following his visit in March his report states: “Noah’s Ark have clearly committed to the long journey of keeping elephants in a zoo environment.
“The financial resources and personal desire have been in abundance to help establish a state-of-the-art elephant habitat, both for the credibility of the zoo, but equally for the credibility of elephant management in the UK, which has at some level has been lacking in recent times.
“On behalf of Noah’s Ark this desire is commendable and has wider implications in terms of the greater good of elephant management within Europe as an example of excellent care.
“Further, I feel the elephant programme is positioning itself as an example of future elephant care in the UK and possibly Europe.
“We are seeing trends of welfare in a small number of zoos over the world that far exceed the BIAZA, EAZA and AZA suggested standards and Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm clearly have the drive and the passion to bring the level of elephant care to new heights in the UK. I am very proud to be a part of that movement.”
The elephant habitat at the zoo farm attraction is the largest in northern Europe and offers 20 acres of enrichment for African elephants.