Longleat Safari Park in United Kingdom

Longleat Safari Park

Owner 1966: Jimmy Chipperfield
Size9,000 acres (36.42 km2)
Opened for public1966
Address The Estate Office, Longleat
Zip-code BA12 7NW
Place Warminster
District Wiltshire
Region South West England
Country United Kingdom
Website Website

Directors 1966: Mary Chipperfield (director)
1966: Roger Cawley (director)

Key People 1967-1972: Anne Olivecrona (zookeeper)


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-: Andy Hayton
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers: Jedd Cullinan
: Kevin Knibbs
-: Bev Evans
-: Ryan Hockley
Record history
History of updates2023-08-13

Latest document update2023-08-13 04:15:04
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Longleat Safari Park, located at The Estate Office, Longleat, in Warminster, United Kingdom , was founded in 1966, opened for public in 1966.

Living elephants

At the Longleat Safari Park lives 1 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Anne born 1954

Comments / picturesLongleat Safari Park, in Wiltshire, England was opened in 1966 by Jimmy Chipperfield and was the first drive-through safari park outside of Africa.

The park is situated in the grounds of Longleat House, the home of the 7th Marquess of Bath and a tourist attraction in its own right. The safari park was the first of its kind anywhere in the world and was considered to be a massive breakthrough in the way in which captive animals were kept, with the animals roaming freely and the visitors in cages (cars). Today Longleat\'s collection comprises over 500 animals, and the whole estate is situated on 9000 acres (36 km²) of Wiltshire countryside.


When I first visited Longleat it was home to five magnificent elephants called Marge, Limbo, N’dala, M’bili and M’kali. They lived up in a far corner of the park under the care of keeper Andy Hayton, and Ryan Hockley worked in the elephant house with Bev Evans and Kevin Knibbs. They all loved those elephants, but they were particularly special to Andy. The elephants were like his children. He fed them, washed them and took them out for walks in the woods. When I think of Andy, I still see him spraying them down with his powerhose and then scrubbing them with a brush. One of the greatest privileges I ever had at Longleat was helping him give them their early-morning shower and taking them for a walk. The five elephants would walk in single file, holding each other’s tails with their trunks. It was like a real life Disney film.

The Accidental Naturalist, by Ben Fogle

References for records about Longleat Safari Park

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Longleat Safari Park, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=259. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Longleat Safari Park on elephant-news.com

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