centre for elephant care, 

ZSL whipsnade zoo

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh open the new Centre for Elephant Care at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

The new £2 million, 700m  centre is designed specifically for the welfare and enrichment of the elephants, with a floor covering of one-metre deep washed sand and direct access to and from the adjacent 30 acres of rolling paddocks.

The enclosure lights are timed to go dark slowly at night simulating dusk and nets hung from the ceiling are timed to drop down so they can feed at required times of the day and night.