A second elephant arrives at Europe’s first elephant sanctuary
Thanks to your support, Delhi the elephant has started a new life at Elephant Haven in France - Europe's first elephant sanctuary.
Delhi and Gandhi can now live as natural a life as possible in a 69-acre area, with trees, bushes, grass, babbling streams and a lake to swim in.
Delhi the elephant was sent from Vietnam a zoo in the Czech Republic when she was only three years old. She's spent 36 years at the zoo, and for the past four years, she has been all alone.
Elephants are highly social herd animals. So, when the zoo’s other female elephant died, the zoo started looking for somewhere better for Delhi to live.
Thanks to your support, Delhi has a new forever home.
At Elephant Haven, Europe's first dedicated elephant sanctuary in south-west France, she’ll spend her time with the other female elephant Gandhi, who has also previously lived most of her life in a zoo.
Pictured: Delhi with the container in the background that will be used to transport her.
The start of a beautiful friendship
On the evening of August 24, the truck carrying Delhi rolled into Elephant Haven.
As a World Animal Protection supporter, you helped to fund the transport of Delhi from the Czech Republic to France including a vet to care for her, so she was comfortable during the nearly 30-hour drive from the zoo. Thank you.
After hesitating a bit, she made her way out of the shipping container. When she entered the elephant house, she was less cautious and ate all the elephant delicacies that awaited her there.
She had a long sleep to recover from her journey and the next day she had the opportunity to meet Gandhi for the first time.
So that both elephants could get to know each other in peace and quiet, they had a fence between them.
Pictured: Delhi and Ghandi together for their first meeting.
It was a very successful first meeting. Both elephants quickly began to communicate with each other, both by sound and by gently touching each other's trunks. Tony and Sofie, founders of Elephant Haven, have no doubt that it is the beginning of a fine friendship.
How you helped
Beyond helping fund the transport of Delhi, you also helped finance the construction of Elephant Haven - a peaceful sanctuary for elephants previously kept in European zoos and circuses.
Here, the elephants can live as natural a life as possible in over 69-acres of trees, bushes, grass, babbling streams, and even a lake to swim in.
Visitors are not allowed to have any direct contact with the elephants and can only see the elephants from a respectful distance, so that they are not disturbed in their new, peaceful home.
Wild animals like elephants belong in the wild. But for those that can’t be returned to their natural environment, you’re giving them lives worth living. Thank you.