Elephant set to leave Colchester Zoo

A MUCH-loved elephant will be leaving Colchester Zoo for a new life in Spain tomorrow.

A MUCH-loved elephant will be leaving Colchester Zoo for a new life in Spain tomorrow.

Young African elephant Jambo will travel to BioParc Valencia after spending his whole life at the Essex zoo.

He will soon be followed by his half-brother Kito. Both elephants have been selected to move to the new zoo as part of the European Breeding Programme.

They will leave separately to minimise the disruption to the remaining elephants at the zoo and Jambo has been selected to go first as he is the most confident and boisterous of the two.


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Jambo's journey will take four days in total, so he will arrive at his new home on Saturday accompanied by Colchester Zoo's head Elephant keeper.

Zoological Director of Colchester Zoo, Anthony Tropeano said, “It was important to Colchester Zoo that the youngsters could stay together for the time being as Kito and Jambo are so close, so we are delighted that this is the case.

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“Obviously everyone involved will still be extremely sad to see them go.”

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