30 Mar '14, 9am

Sustainable construction isn't just about homes: Europe's greenest elephant enclosure welcomes its first inhabitant

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm near Bristol, North Somerset is celebrating the arrival of its first elephant at ‘Elephant Eden’, claimed to be the largest and greenest purpose-built elephant habitat in northern Europe. A female African elephant called Buta was transported to the new 20 acre (80,000 m2) habitat from Knowsley Safari after 4-months of specialist training. The habitat has been designed with the environment and sustainability in mind. The large green facility includes indoor and outdoor sandpits using locally-sourced sand, the elephants own pool, with hot and cold showers using recycled water, mud wallows and a large scratching tree. Buta the elephant has arrived first, to be followed shortly by Nissim, a 19 year old bull from the same herd at Knowsley Safari. Buta and Nissim will remain at Noah’s Ark for 2 years whilst Knowsley develops a brand new elephant barn, helping...

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