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Aug 16, 2013

Asian Elephant Conservation

Asian Elephant Conservation Centre from Woburn Safari Park 

The Asian elephant conservation centre (AECC) was built around the needs of our elephants.

The design process looked at potential problems that could arise from holding a herd of elephants together overnight, as our elephants had never been housed together over night. As we have a limited space and a finite amount of money (£1.6 million), we thought about how elephants interact naturally and what we need to have in the house to try and encourage the elephants to behaviour as naturally as possible.

Different aspects of the house are discussed and reviewed and a study was undertaken to compare how the elephants spent their time in the old house and new house. This showed a significant reduction in stereotypies and increase in both foraging behaviours and social interaction whilst the elephants were in the house over night.  

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