Woburn Safari Park’s Asian elephants – including five-month-old baby Tarli – will be championing the plight of their wild friends and rellies over Easter as ambassadors for Elephant Appreciation Weekend.
The Park is hoping to raise more than £10,000 for the International Elephant Foundation (IEF) which funds research, education programmes and the protection of these amazing pachyderms for future generations.
The Woburn herd plays a pivotal role in the preservation of the species which is endangered through loss of natural habitat and disruption of migration routes.
The elephant team at the Park is raising awareness through talks and demonstrations which will take place throughout the weekend.
Guests will also be able to support the Foundation by taking part in a range of themed activities and games in return for a small donation.
General manager Drew Mullin said: “We’re committed to raising awareness and supporting conservation projects including the IEF.
“Our elephant herd are a shining example of this and are genetically very important to the long-term preservation of their wild relations.
“We’re hoping as many people as possible are able to join us to contribute to this fantastic cause.”
Woburn Safari Park was opened in 1970 by the Duke of Bedford. It is one of the UK’s oldest with more than 1,000 wild animals roaming 300 acres of beautiful parkland.
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