Mammoth journey ahead as elephants leave Kent zoo for the Kenyan savannah

Mammoth journey ahead as elephants leave Kent zoo for the Kenyan savannah

All but one of the herd of 13 were born in captivity, but conservationists hope they can be ‘rewilded’

A herd of elephants born and raised in a Kent zoo are about to get on a plane to travel almost 4,500 miles (7,000km) to Kenya, in order to reintroduce them to the wild in a first-of-its kind operation.

The herd of 13, which includes three calves, were all but one born at Howletts Wild Animal Park, a private zoo near Canterbury. The mammoth mission to “rewild” the elephants is being carried out by the Aspinall Foundation, the Kenya Wildlife Service and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

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