Keepers at Longleat Safari Park have been delighted with Anne the Elephant's progress since she arrived at the park at the beginning of April. As her health has improved we have been able to take her out for longer walks out into the woods and park.
On arrival Anne suffered with crippling arthritis but with continuous veterinary and holistic care and day-to-day monitoring has improved Anne's mobility. Longleat keepers are now taking Anne on regular walks within the Safari and the relationship between her and two keepers Andy Hayton and Ryan Hockley is also beginning to blossom.
As Andy Hayton explained "We're delighted that Anne is settling in so well and is now trusting us to do more with her. Although rehabilitation is a slow process, we're really happy with the progress she has made so far and to the way that she has adjusted to her new life at Longleat."
"She's been here for over one month now and the signs are already good. For a 57-year-old she is surprisingly sprightly and is at times acting more like an elephant half her age!
In addition to her walks into the park Anne also has the freedom of her paddock on a daily basis where she has access to a paddling pool, scratching posts, logs and a 20-tonne pile of sand.
"It is very much down to Anne how long she wants to spend outdoors. Sadly we cannot guarantee there will always be an opportunity for visitors to see her when passing through the Safari Park. We just hope that visitors understand that Anne's welfare come first and we're taking every day as it comes at the moment" added Andy.