Emmett the elephant arrives in Blackpool!

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28/10/2019

It’s been an exciting few days here at Blackpool Zoo as we’ve just welcomed the first male elephant in our 47-year history.

Emmett, a male Asian elephant, completed his successful 200-mile journey from ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in the evening of Friday 25th October.

He spent the weekend settling in to the multimillion-pound Project Elephant Base Camp development ahead of being introduced to Blackpool’s herd of females.

The momentous occasion comes after more than five years of incredible work starting with the design and build of the development, which is entirely centred round the needs of the magnificent species.

This was followed by extensive talks with experts from the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) and specialist keepers from across the UK and beyond to create a multi-generational herd of Asian elephants.

Section Head of Project Elephant, Adam Kenyon, travelled with Emmett from ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and is absolutely delighted to welcome him to Blackpool.

He said: “Today marks the start of a new and exciting chapter in our history as we are now just one of four zoos in the UK to house a breeding herd of Asian elephants. We’re working towards a multi-generational group that exhibits natural, wild behaviours and a key component of this is the addition of a male. His past experience as part of a similar herd in which he has sired young means he is perfectly placed to teach the next generation of elephants.”

Emmett will now begin introductions to females Kate, Minbu, Noorjahan, Tara and Esha.

Kate was the first animal to arrive at Blackpool in 1972 while the other four packed their trunks and moved to Blackpool from Twycross Zoo in 2018.

Darren Webster, Zoo Director, said: “Emmett is a fundamental part of our plan to secure a future for this magnificent species. We have worked with amazing teams at Twycross and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo as well as experts from the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) to create a strong herd and our outstanding facilities provide a great environment for them all to thrive.”

Project Elephant underpins our ongoing commitment to the endangered Asian Elephant. For more information, please visit www.projectelephant.org.uk.

The health of our zoo family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent advice from Public Health England and the government, we have closed Blackpool Zoo at until further notice.

Please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for any other date in 2020 or we can provide a refund. Please send your booking details to tickets@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.

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We really look forward to welcoming you back to Blackpool Zoo when we re-open.

Stay safe everyone.