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Dec 13, 2007

Elephants of the Asian forest


Elephants of the Asian forest from Chester Zoo - North of England Zoological Society

The new state-of-the-art facility ‘Elephants of the Asian Forest’ is a purpose built enclosure for our breeding herd of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) and other threatened species of their native habitat
 

Through this themed area Chester Zoo promotes the outreach conservation work of the North of England Zoological Society (NEZS).

The new building provides almost three times as much indoor space for the elephants as their old house did and includes a number of features designed to provide a high quality environment for the elephants, keepers and visitors. This includes, large sand pens, rubber floors, a comprehensive hydraulic door system and new feeding techniques to promote natural foraging behaviour. The building also compliments the previous work carried out for the elephants to the new bull-pen and outside paddock extension.

Inside the house, visitors take a journey along a pathway through forest vegetation and live planting which is supplemented with artificial trees and roots. Enclosures for animals typically found in the elephants' habitat, interpretation elements and models support the message of biodiversity with Asian elephants as flagship species. In the entrance area is a mixed aviary for Asian birds. The first animal encounter in the Inside the house, visitors take a journey along a pathway through forest vegetation and live planting which is supplemented with artificial trees and roots.

Enclosures for animals typically found in the elephants' habitat, interpretation elements and models support the message of biodiversity with Asian elephants as flagship species. In the entrance area is a mixed aviary for Asian birds. The first animal encounter in the building is with Great Hornbills, and other themed enclosures along the pathway display tree shrews, turtles and fish.

On leaving the building the visitors pass two enclosures for tropical squirrels. Throughout the exhibit, multi-sensory interpretation celebrates the richness and complexity of life in an Asian forest.


Developed by:  Chester Zoo - North of England Zoological Society



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