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Elephant packs trunk


ELEPHANT PACKS TRUNK
Elephant and giraffe are winched down through the central hall at the Natural History Museum

WHO Stuffed giraffe, baby elephant, kudu and bongo (two species of African antelope), Louise Tomsett (mammal curator) and Gary Metcalfe (difficult move specialist) plus six other men.

WHAT A stuffed giraffe and baby elephant, each weighing as much ten men (750-800kg) and two other large mammals, carefully bubble-wrapped, are being moved out of the Museum. They will be winched down from the first floor of the Museum’s central hall and then lifted by crane over the front steps.

WHEN 18.30, Friday 5 November 2004

WHERE The central hall and front steps, the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

WHY The animals are being moved in the first stage of reorganising the Museum in preparation for the next phase of the Museum’s Darwin Centre. Darwin Centre Phase Two is a new £65 million home for the Museum’s Entomology and Botany departments with public access behind the scenes. Until Phase Two opens in 2008 the insects and scientists will be relocated to various spaces within the Museum and the giraffe, baby elephant, kudu and bongo will move out to the Museum’s storage facilities. In the meantime giraffes and elephants can still be viewed in the Museum’s Mammals Gallery.

For more information please contact:

Jo Glyde or Liz Woznicki at the Natural History Museum
Tel: 020 7942 5881/5278

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Issued
Friday 5 November 2004