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Elephant Haven timeline

After talking with the Administration, this is our future timeline:

2016: Files, licensing and research / submitting building permit  / start of phase 1:

Making a part of the 'perimeter' fence.

2017-2018: Continue phase 1 / a conversion from an existing open stable to a barn suitable for maximum 3 elephants. Fence the first four hectares + night paddock for the elephants / continue making the 'perimeter' fence. 

2018-2019:  This year we can offer a place to retire for the first elephants. After getting autorisation, we are allowed to receive the first visitors, for that a walking path and lookout platform will be built. The elephants will never be disturbed.

2019-2022: Construction of second barn, of the education centre and the multipurpose space. (The second barn cannot immediately be built because the urbanisation plan need to be changed.)








PHASE 4: 2022/20…

Barn 1 for max. 3 elephants



Barn 2 for 5 elephants

Barn 3 for 5 elephants

7 Ha perimeter fence


22 Ha perimeter fence


? Ha perimeter fence

4 Ha elephant fence


4 Ha elephant fence

20 Ha elephant fence

? Ha elephant fence


Walking path & lookout platform

Education centre &  multipurpose space

Purchase adjoining land

Elephant enclosure

Elephant Haven will build heated living quarters in which there are interior stables and access to large outdoor paddocks and the outdoor area. These stables will always be accessible to the elephants.

Different living quarters will be built. This way we can take into account that the Asian and African elephants can be kept separate. This also provides more opportunities for social rehabilitation.

The interior quarters consist of sand stables which are interconnected. The interior stables have the availability of nursing and training walls. There will be a corridor that can be used for introductions and provide extra interior space.

The elephants have access to an outside paddock by day and night, from there on they have access to the outside enclosure which consists natural substrate.

An elephant has at least 5 acres to his or her disposal in the outside park. Here they can keep out of each other's sight, and the hills provide mobility stimulation.

Between the various outside paddocks we use steel pipe fences. If necessary this allows different groups of elephants to live separately from each other. By means of gates in the fences the habitats can be opened, making it possible to create an even larger living space. Adjacent habitats can also be used to introduce elephants each to another in a secure manner.

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