Project Elephant at Blackpool Zoo
The doors have opened at Project Elephant Base Camp.
The multi-million pound facility, combines the UK's largest indoor elephant house with a huge outdoor habitat and an immersive themed visitor experience through Asia.
The expedition starts at the Nawala Street Food, which transports people into the heart of Asia, serving a whole host of oriental and Indian culinary delights. It is adorned with Nepalese inspired flags, a vibrant atmosphere and a Great Wall ofChina Art.
A winding trail to Base Camp will then take explorers into the wild jungles that are home to Asian elephants. There's mesmerising music, abstract art and the heady aroma of tropical plants.
Visitors will find themselves at eye level with the herd of elephants, which currently consists of Kate, who has lived in Blackpool for 46 years, Tara, who came from Twycross Zoo in January and Minbu, who arrived from the same zoo in March.
Plans are currently underway to transport the remaining two female elephants from Twycross and the search is on to identify a bull elephant to complete the group.
Last, but certainly not least, on the visitor journey is the huge indoor facility. The high-level viewing platform has been designed to give the best possible view of the elephants and a sweeping view across the indoor area, showing how enormous the space is.
The visitor viewing area walls are themed with an immersive jungle habitat and adorned with three-dimensional, interactive exhibits to teach people all about these magnificent animals.
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