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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo update on whipsnade asian elephants

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by orang09, 23 Dec 2007.

  1. orang09

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    please tell
     
  2. MARK

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    An update on the Woburn asian elephants would be nice too?, please
     
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    As far as I know they still only have the male and two females. In the photo taken in September, which I posted on the gallery you may be able to see the new building which is under construction behind the paddocks. This is to accomodate several more (10?) animals but I don't know anything more as yet. Their plans for a huge new building and centre to accomodate a very large herd (up to 20), did not come to anything due to not getting the funding.
     
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    Almost nearly but not quite it was due to the fact it was going to be built by a charity and if they sold the park it would make the sale very difficult as a result.
     
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    okay. That's interesting to know. So they decided not to go ahead with it then?
     
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    Well building a new barn with space for up to 10 elephants is certainly a huge improvement so I am not too dissapointed that the "big" plans didn`t come true. If they add spacious outdoor enclosures and if the bull starts breeding soon, they will have a great herd in a great facility!
     
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    He has already started breeding, altho I think one of the babies (Aneena?) died at the age of 3 from some type of virus.
     
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    Ups this is a misunderstanding, I was talking about Woburn and not Whipsnade (whose bull Emmet is a breeding bull, unlike Raja in Woburn).
     
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    Not on the scale that they planned and to be totally owned by the Park,i believe the new house is now complete but is off show to the public.
     
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    Glad to hear its now complete but what about the other elephants they wanted to have any news on them, do you think they will import more or bring a few in from other uk zoos?.
     
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    Would n`t think their is any surplus in the U.K so any more would have to come from other sources.
     
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    What about the four females at the Twycross zoo going to waste, I think two of them are proven breeders, they have no bull of their own
     
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    The new building is siuated on the top of a low rise. There is plenty of scope to have large paddocks leading out from it in the surrounding parkland. It should be a good display when completed. Their bull is relatively small (smaller than Whipsnade's) and I don't know if he mates the females.

    As far as stocking with new Elephants goes, there is no news yet. I'm sure though that the Twycross females will not go there.
     
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    Not even on a breeding loan?
     
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    I doubt it Mark though I suppose they could send two and keep two on exhibit themselves. I just can't see it happening somehow.

    I heard a brief rumour somewhere on this forum about Twycross now possibly considering getting a bull- but I don't know if there is any truth in that- our Twycross correspondents seem to have been very quiet of late...:confused:
     
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    It has been rumoured about Twycross getting a bull but at the moment that is all it is,at the moment they seem to be going doing the I.A route with them.
     
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    Just some questions, that i guess goes here...

    When did Whipsnade get rid of their pygmy hippos? Where did they go to? and what reason was given for their departure?
     
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    Pygmy Hippos- don't know, don't know and... don't know- but they weren't there in September- the paddocks were empty.:(
     
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    Do they not have them any more? I've never actually seen them, but the signs and that were still up last time I went.
     
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    I've only asked because I was looking at some photos i took in 2006 of the pygmy hippos then i checked ISIS and they have been removed...