Yes, the Centre for Elephant Care cost $2.6 million to construct and had two special guests for its official opening. So who were these guests? None other than Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Naturally, then, the media jumped on the event.
On April 11, 2017, not only did the royals tour the facility, but they also experienced elephant care firsthand. Lee Sambrook, the zoo’s Assistant Curator of Elephants, was present at the event.
Sambrook showed his VIPs things like how the elephants’ teeth are inspected and how their feet are kept clean. The visiting Queen and Duke were among the first to witness the daily care that elephants receive at the new facility, and by all accounts, the royals found the experience fascinating.