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Copenhagen Zoo supported by The Egmont Foundation

The elephants in Copenhagen Zoo have eagerly taken up their new playground which officially opened June the 10th.

The creation of the beautiful new elephant ground was made possible by several sponsors, among these The Egmont Foundation which contributed to the project with 10 million DKK (approx. 1,3 million Euro). The new elephant ground and indoor area is designed by the world famous architect Norman Foster and it is five time as big as the former elephant area.

The Egmont Foundation focuses in this project on the communication of knowledge to children and the donation from The Egmont Foundation has been spent on an exhibition about elephants that will teach both children and adults about the animal. A walk through the exhibition shows everything from jewelry made of tusk stolen by poachers to a map of Copenhagen showing where to find elephants in the townscape. A part of the exhibition is interactive and children can push buttons, feel, touch and learn more about the large and fascinating animals.

At the opening The Managing Director of the Zoo, the Chairman of the Board of the Zoo, the Danish Minister of Culture and the architect Norman Foster made speeches and told about the creation of the elephant ground and congratulated both the elephants and everyone in Denmark with the new part of the Zoo. The Prince Consort of Denmark, Henrik, rang the opening bell together with his grand son Prince Christian and the elephants were led into the ground.

The elephants moved in to the new area three months ago to get used to their new surroundings before the official opening. The new elephant ground is 10'730 m2 big and has cost 280 million DKK (approx 37.5 million Euro).

The Egmont Foundation donates money to activities and work that will enrich the lives of children in different ways. Last year The Egmont Foundation among others supported Save the Children, a drop-in centre for mentally handicapped children and their families and a project about the children of imprisoned at The Danish Institute for Human Rights