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Thursday, 6 May 2021

BBC One Elephants on the Move: New show follows herd from Twycross Zoo to Blackpool Zoo

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Elephants on the Move goes behind the scenes at Twycross Zoo as the herd of elephants which has been attracting crowds for fifty years, are set for a big change – a new home.


Elephant Creek in Twycross Zoo has been a public favourite for generations, but its time for its inhabitants to move house nearly 150 miles away to the seaside, to Blackpool Zoo.

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Mike Dilger follows Minbu, Tara, Noorjahan and Esha, a family of four female Asian elephants, as they embark on their epic journey to relocate to Blackpool as part of a European breeding programme. But, persuading a family of elephants to get into a giant transportation crate for a three hour drive north is not that simple.


It’s one of the biggest challenges the team of zoo keepers has ever had to face. As part of their daily routines the elephants are being trained to get into the crates with treats and rewards after every milestone reached. It’s going to be a long process!


Presenter Mike Dilger comments, “What a joy for me to be involved with Elephants on the Move as we followed the rollercoaster relocation of a herd of Asian elephants from their old home in the Midlands, to a state-of-the-art facility in Blackpool. Watch the tears of sadness, tears of joy and beads of sweat shed along the way as Twycross Zoo bade a fond farewell, while Asia’s biggest beasts were welcomed with open arms to their sunny new retreat up on the Lancashire coast”

The show airs on July 23rd.

Elephants on the move is part of the Our Lives series of documentaries.