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Anne Arrives at Longleat

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Anne the elephant is settling very well into her new surroundings at Longleat and has been having a great time these last few days dust bathing in the 20-tonne pile of sand, scratching on logs and more.

She is still under veterinary care and her programme of rehabilitation is being monitored on a day-by-day basis. We would like to thank visitors and concerned public for their questions and support at this time.

There have been some comments and concerns with regard to chaining. This is only done during Anne’s veterinary treatment - for a maximum of 30 minutes per day – and is on health and safety grounds for Longleat staff and external vets. Longleat is adhering to the current elephant husbandry guidelines as set by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquarium (BIAZA) which ensure the highest standard of care and welfare possible.

Might we thank everyone for their support at this time. As you will see from the photos, Anne is having a wonderful time settling into her new home. We have also taken some video footage of Anne in the last few days and hope to be  releasing this onto the website as soon as feasible. 


5th April 2011

With the successful arrival of Anne, Longleat has set up the "Longleat Elephant Sanctuary" to support the physical and behavioural care of Anne and other elephants in a similar position. Our plan is to build a modern facility that meets the elephants rehabilitation requirements. If you are interested in helping this cause please make a donation.


3rd April 2011

We are absolutely delighted that Anne the elephant was on Sunday 3 April successfully moved to Longleat Safari Park.

Anne coped with the journey admirably well, is safe, well and beginning to settle into her new surroundings.

In the coming days and weeks a team of three dedicated keepers will provide her with the tender loving care she needs around the clock. She will also receive a full health check and be provided with the best possible veterinary treatment. A decision will then be made on where she will be cared for long-term.

Anne is an elderly elephant and has been through a huge ordeal. We ask everyone to now leave her in peace so she has the best chance of recovering from her ordeal and settling into her new surroundings.

Animal Defenders International (ADI), British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), Born Free Foundation, Longleat, RSPCA and Specialist Wildlife Services thank the public for their concern for Anne. She is now in a place where she can feel safe and secure.

Mrs and Mrs Roberts who also assisted with Anne’s move have passed on their own thanks to everyone involved for their help and support.

All the groups will continue to liaise in the coming days and weeks to ensure Anne receives the highest and most appropriate level of care available, both in the short and long-term.

Photos courtesy of Bruce Adams / Daily Mail

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