Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust

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The Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust is an organisation which helps to protect Asian elephants&other animals that live in Sri Lanka.

Over the last 100 years the Asian elephant population has declined by 90% to less than 50,000 elephants, with only 4,000-5,000 remaining in Sri Lanka. The Asian elephant is classified as endangered (IUCN) and the decline in its numbers has been a result of threats including habitat loss as a result of logging and agriculture, domestication for tourism and logging, human-elephant conflict and hunting for their body parts, particularly their tusks.

The Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust (BECT) is a small charity based in Sri Lanka who aim to educate, inform and change people’s attitudes towards these magnificent animals. BECT works towards:

  • Educating school children about the importance of conservation
  • Training vets on specialised programmes
  • Supporting the families of those killed by elephants
  • Studying and tracking elephant travelling routes
  • Monitoring baby elephants after they have been reintroduced into the wild.
  • Surveying the tame elephant population in Sri Lanka

Over the years Blackpool Zoo has raised over £35,500 towards BECT and the fantastic work they do.  

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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

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels. We apologise for any disappointment and thank you for your patience.

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

Stay safe everyone.