Construction

Developing Tembo Preserve

Phases

Tembo Preserve will be developed in three phases, the first of which is expected to be complete in early 2017. Phase 1 encompasses 900 acres and includes three spacious habitats accommodating 12 elephants as well as the Management Center.

As the elephant population progressively expands over time due to reproduction and additional acquisitions, more habitats and accompanying amenities will be constructed during a second and third phase. The Preserve’s 4,929 acres will support a maximum of around 40 elephants—a density of one elephant per 100 acres of land—although it will take an estimated 20–50 years after the first elephants arrive for capacity to be reached.

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Phase 1

  • Covers approximately 900 acres accommodating 12 elephants. Features includes a 26,000 square feet heated elephant barn, five three-sided elephant shelters, and the Management Center.
  • The Management Center includes the Operation Center with offices and labs, manager residences, and a dormitory building for visiting researchers, interns, and additional staff.
  • Related infrastructure elements including an all-weather access road between the facilities, power and utility lines, fencing, wells, water tanks, and septic systems will also be constructed during this phase.

Phase 2

  • Phase 2 will expand the preserve to accommodate up to 24 elephants.
  • Approximately 1,000 acres of space will be developed to include two additional habitats, a second elephant barn, six elephant shelters with associated wells and stock ponds.
  • A 200 square foot Educational Shelter featuring interpretive exhibits and a parking area will also be added.

Phase 3

  • As the elephant population continues to grow, this final phase will add three more habitats totaling 1,300 acres, a third elephant barn, nine elephant shelters with associated wells and stock ponds, and road improvements.
  • Upon completion of Phase 3, the elephant population can continue to grow to capacity.

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