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Old 26-08-2008, 11:50 AM
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This may not be the right place to ask, but I was thinking about getting an Elephant. Does anyone know a good care sheet, books to read and the size of enclosure they might need?

I'm not stupid, I don't want an African Bull Elephant or anything like that. I was thinking of an Asian Female......do they need calcium supplements etc.

Any help appreciated.

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Old 27-08-2008, 09:31 AM
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Thanks for the PM.

My main reason for wanting an animal of this size is so that I can gain satisfaction from caring for it and providing it with the environment it needs.

Our local vet is also the on call vet for Bristol Zoo, so I have no qualms about the animal receiving the correct medical attention.

The field I have eye-balled for the Elephant is about 3/4 of a hectar - this is larger than any zoo enclosure I'm aware of but obviously not as big as its natural habitat.

I wondered if any one had any good care sheets, or the like, for a beast like this - and whether people recommend I start with an infant or go straight for a fully grown adult?

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Old 27-08-2008, 09:35 AM
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elephants need a lot of trees as they dont eat grass. they also stay in herds, one elephant is not going to be happy about staying on his own.
i lived in Zimbabwe and Mozambique for a while and have seen them close up, what would you use as a fence as the ones i saw plowed through trees.
p.s sorry pg my self laughing thought this was a joke
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are u serious? fair play if u are.
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Old 27-08-2008, 09:44 AM
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elephants need a lot of trees as they dont eat grass. they also stay in herds, one elephant is not going to be happy about staying on his own.
i lived in Zimbabwe and Mozambique for a while and have seen them close up, what would you use as a fence as the ones i saw plowed through trees.
p.s sorry pg my self laughing thought this was a joke
Sorry if I made you wet yourself! LOL.

The field is at the back of our house and is surrounded by a massive ditch (flood defenses). I was thinking of getting the field surveyed first to work out what additional fencing/containment I'd need.

Herding was my biggest concern.......I still need to think about this and see if I can convince the missus that I need more than one.
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are u serious? fair play if u are.
Semi-serious at the moment. Still a lot more planning to do.....potential avenues to explore.
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do you need a licence for it? wouldnt a giraffe be easier
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do you need a licence for it? wouldnt a giraffe be easier
think the fall under dwa...... think about security ect ect.... some random person walking there dog, stumbles into your field..... and omg..... a elephant.... or a herd of elephants....
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think the fall under dwa...... think about security ect ect.... some random person walking there dog, stumbles into your field..... and omg..... a elephant.... or a herd of elephants....
No chance of that...I live somewhere very remote. You are going to laugh but I live near an asylum, highly protected and difficult to get into to (and out of, I might add)

By the way, I'm not an inmate
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do you need a licence for it? wouldnt a giraffe be easier
Not sure, that's why I started the thread really, to get as much info as possible before going for it.
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