The Centre is home to a herd of nine Asian elephants and is set in 30 acres of land, including baby Elizabeth - named after Her Majesty. pic.twitter.com/Sja1LWpA6t— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 11, 2017
Queen Elizabeth was "absolutely delighted" to discover that Elizabeth the elephant was named in her honour, said ZSL's Director Professor David Field.
Zookeepers at Whipsnade described the baby elephant, who weighs 460 kilograms, as very playful. "She even has a football which she takes everywhere and gets stroppy if it is taken away from her," said one zookeeper.
The queen, accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, even fed bananas to one of the elephants - a rather greedy Donna.
Her Majesty and The Duke get the chance to hand feed one of the elephants a delicious banana. pic.twitter.com/7dxqpZt8VV— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 11, 2017
Assistant curator of elephants at Whipsnade Lee Sambrook said the queen was especially interested to hear about the round-the-clock care the elephants receive.
The new Centre for Elephant Care includes more than 700 square metres of indoor space. It is fitted out with a host of elephant-friendly features, including one metre-deep soft sand flooring to provide maximum comfort and lights that can be dimmed to mimic night-time.
Asian elephants are considered endangered due to habitat loss, poaching and conflict with humans.
(With inputs from IANS)