Knowsley Safari launches project to raise awareness of the plight of world’s largest land mammal with UK first elephant time capsule.
Calling all elephant enthusiasts! Knowsley Safari is launching a community project that will curate memories, thoughts and feelings about the world’s largest and most majestic land animal, in the UK’s first elephant themed time capsule.
The ‘Never Forget’ time capsule will celebrate elephants as part of the endangered species awareness project, ‘If They’re Gone’, gathering together the north west’s memories - from watching Disney’s Dumbo to seeing a real life elephant for the first time - and burying them in a time capsule in the grounds of Knowsley Safari.
Children and adults alike will be encouraged to get their thinking caps on and get creative, expressing these memories through drawings, photos, written pieces, recordings and more. The submissions will then be displayed at the Safari’s Wild at Art centre until 11 October, before being added to the unique time capsule.
Head of Animal Management at Knowsley Safari, Eveline De Wolf, who is one of the most experienced elephant keepers in Europe, explains the importance of the ‘If They’re Gone,’ campaign:
“Many people will never see a herd of elephants in the wild, which is why safari parks have such an important role to play in helping communities understand the impact poaching has, not only on the elephant population, but the other species that are reliant on their survival
“At Knowsley Safari, we have the power to make a difference, and through conservation and education, we are working to make sure that our children’s children grow up in a world where an elephant is more than just a memory buried in a time capsule.”
Visitors to Knowsley Safari will have the chance to see the park’s herd of seven African elephants and take part in a series of events including conservation led arts and crafts workshops and elephant appreciation weekends where visitors can meet the keepers and create a piece of personalised elephant artwork.