Anne the elephant has been enjoying some richly-deserved festive cheer at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park in the run up to Christmas.
Despite the chilly, wet weather she has been playing with some of her favourite ‘toys’ in her outdoor area including tyre swings, a giant sandpit and tree logs.
Keepers also presented her with a special festive treat in the shape of some tasty Christmas cake along with her favourite fruit and vegetables wrapped up in a parcel.
Her indoor sleeping quarters are also rapidly getting covered up with stacks of Christmas cards from well-wishers and she even received a packet of wine gums!
Over the past few months Anne has been able to enjoy a new grassy area next to her paddock.
The new paddock, which measures almost an acre in area, adjoins her existing home and incorporates a series of elephant-sized additions including tree rubbing posts, branches and a mudpool.
Since her arrival in April 2011 Anne has had a new lease of life and continues to enjoy her retirement under the care and supervision of her experienced keepers and dedicated team of experts.
The difference and improvement in the condition of her skin, feet, trunk, ears and general muscle tone is clear to see and she certainly doesn’t look like an elephant in her 60th year!
Her keepers and everyone at Longleat are extremely grateful for the public support and messages of goodwill Anne has received over the past year.
In addition to her newly-extended home, Longleat are currently progressing with detailed planning proposals for a permanent elephant sanctuary on the estate to help other elephants in a similar position to Anne.