Twycross Zoo in United Kingdom

Twycross Zoo

Last elephant left2018
Place Atherstone CV9 3PX
Country United Kingdom
Website Website


Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants

Elephant keepers 1997-2008: Neil Williams
2003-2005: Rob Conachie
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Twycross Zoo, in Atherstone CV9 3PX, United Kingdom , was founded in 1963. The last elephant left in 2018.

Comments / picturesTwycross Zoo was founded in 1963 by Molly Badham and Nathalie Evans. In 1972 it became a charitable trust and now attracts around 500,000 visitors a year. The zoo is notable for having the largest collection of primates in the world. It is the only British zoo to exhibit all four Species of great ape.

1991-08-04: Asian elephant Iris headbutted and killed head keeper Roy Lock.
2009-08-06: Birth of Ganesh, is a Hindu God'>Ganesh Vijay, euthanised 2011-04-13 because of EEHV, Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus.
2012-03-25: stillborn calf.
2012-09-14: Three elephant keepers sacked after allegedly causing unnecessary suffering to two animals.
2012-09-14: The elephants were transfered to Protected contact, because the zoo had no free contact keepers. (The zoo had sacked three keepers)
2012-10-03--2012-10-16: One man was arrested on October 3, one on October 4 and another on October 16.
2018: The last elephants left the Zoo in August.

References for records about Twycross Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2023). Twycross Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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