Zoo welcomes third elephant

PUBLISHED: 11:43 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:01 30 August 2018

Noah's Ark now houses three African elephants. Picture: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Noah's Ark now houses three African elephants. Picture: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

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A third African bull elephant has officially moved in to a Wraxall zoo.

Noah’s Ark Zoo farm, in Clevedon Road, is now home to three elephants after 26-year-old Shaka joined nine-year-old M’Changa and Janu, aged 12.

Shaka was initially kept separate from the other two elephants as they had to get used to each other’s presence visually and by smell, but they are kept sperate from each other at night.

The zoo has the largest elephant enclosure in the British Isles and is part of the European Endangered Species Programme’s (EEP) international breeding scheme, which supports conservation at risk of extinction in the wild.

MORE: UK’s only African elephant bachelor group coming to zoo.

Elephant manager Alan Roocroft said: “I am thrilled at the success of the introduction.

“The team have done a fabulous job at acclimatising the elephants to one another.

“I wish both the boys a long and happy future together.”

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