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Asian elephants have been in residence at Blackpool Zoo since the late 1970s when Kate and the late Crumple arrived as youngsters from an orphanage in Sri Lanka. The enclosure was shared initially with giraffe and rhino, but these left to make room for Indra and Marcella, two more Asian females rescued from a bankrupt circus in Europe.
The four lived together happily until Crumple was euthanased because of severe arthritis, but the remaining three have settled well into their routine and give much pleasure to the visiting public as they progress through middle age.
The indoor area of the Elephant House is shared with a large collection of reptiles and invertebrates (insects), as well as two tanks of fish. The largest reptiles are the caimans, members of the crocodile family from South America.
Other species in the house include snakes, skinks, lizards, amphibians, cockroaches, tarantulas, beetles and many, many more.