Monday, 27. April 2015
:: Home > Video > Elephant Aquarium Opens For Visitors In Swiss Park
09. 06. 14. - 03:35
09. 06. 14. - 03:35
Zurich Zoo in Switzerland can really claim to have an elephant-sized aquarium - and have proved it by filling it with real elephants. The zoo's new Kaeng Krachan elephant park opens to visitors this weekend, complete with elephant tank, hailing what managers call a "new era" in care for its six tuskers. The park takes its name from the Kaeng Krachan national elephant park in Thailand, where the Zurich Zoo has links through its support for a project to protect Asian elephants. The 11,000-square-metre Swiss park features six times the space of the previous enclosure - and six water basins for the elephants to swim in including one that offers an aquarium view of them under the water. The basin has a glass wall, reinforced of course to take the weight of the elephant sized occupants. "Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Rome the Colosseum — Zurich now has its elephant park," said Martin Naville, chairman of the zoo. The 50 million GBP facility is designed to give the elephants conditions that more closely resemble their natural environment, said zoo director Alex Ruebel. They have places to socialise where keepers are not allowed to go, with covered and open areas with different vegetation. The zoo said on its website that the elephants have been in the new park since mid-March and have had plenty of time to acclimatise to their new conditions. The herd is about to get bigger with the addition of a male elephant while one of the females, Indi, is expecting a third calf, the zoo said. The cost of the elephant park was financed through foundation grants, legacies and sums donated by more than 5,500 elephant loving individuals.
Semmering Offers 50% Discount To Selected Heroes
The Magic Mountain Semmering will hold two Weeks of Heroes from 1st to 14th March as Panhans Holding Group says thank you to safety and well-being volunteers and professionals.
Skier Survived Almost Two Hours Buried Alive
A skier had a miracle escape after being buried under two metres of snow for nearly two hours during an avalanche in Austria, it was revealed last night.
Puppies Found Stuffed Inside Suitcase In Back Of Van
A litter of puppies destined for a dog farm was rescued after being found stuffed inside suitcases in the back of a van.
Kangaroo That Hopped It Spotted In Garden
Austrian police investigating reports of an escaped kangaroo have been given concrete proof after a local woman managed to photograph the animal in her back garden.
First Images Of Eurovision Stage
These are the first images of the design for the Eurovision Song Contest stage unveiled in the Austrian capital Vienna which is the home of last year's winner Conchita Wurst.
Russian Mafia Boss Nabbed At Vienna Railway Station
A Russian mobster wanted for a string of brutal murders was arrested in the gentile Austrian capital Vienna when commandos swooped as he went to buy a train ticket.
Teen Girls Arrested After Offering Themselves To IS Fighters
Austrian officials who recently cracked down on terrorism by arresting several people believed to be recruiting and fundraising for ISIS have revealed two more teenage girls tried to leave the country to marry terrorist fighters.
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Cyclist Disfigured After Truck Door Opens|
|Six Legged Kid Dubbed Spider Goat|
|Teacher Beats Girl As Shocked Classmates Reduced To Tears|
|Father Dresses In Drag To Raise Money For Sick Son|
|Devoted Wife Pulls Blind Hubby Around With Bamboo Stick|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.