Spectrum

Sunday 31 May 2015, with David Steemson, Jack Perkins, Lisa Thompson & Katy Gosset

Sunday, 31 May 2015
Anjalee

Spectrum: Anjalee the elephant

Anjalee
Photo courtesy Auckland Zoo/Jane Healy.

It takes a lot to look after a 1600 kilo baby elephant... - elephant team leader Andrew Coers, Anjalee’s constant companion.

Frequent dirt baths and even more frequent showers, health checks, enrichment sessions and finding Anjalee enough food each day have kept him and a few of the locals on their toes. Anjalee is on her way to Auckland - via a 90 day stopover in Niue.

The eight-year-old female is from a Sri Lankan elephant orphanage and is passing her quarantine period on the island before settling in at Auckland Zoo. She’s the first ever elephant on Niue and not surprisingly, she’s become a big hit with the locals.

Spectrum’s Justin Gregory is in Niue to meet Anjalee and find out what it takes to make an elephant feel at home.


Anjalee cropped

Photo courtesy Auckland Zoo/Jane Healy.

Anjalee
Photo courtesy Auckland Zoo/Jane Healy.

Ross Ardern, New Zealand's High Commissioner to Niue. Photo Radio New Zealand/Justin Gregory.

Children gathering to welcome Anjalee to Niue. Photo Radio New Zealand/Justin Gregory.

Photo Radio New Zealand/Justin Gregory.

Photo Radio New Zealand/Justin Gregory.

Photo Radio New Zealand/Justin Gregory.

Anjalee's custom-built enclosure. Photo Radio New Zealand/Justin Gregory.

Anjalee and her best mate, Auckland Zoo's elephant team leader Andrew Coers. Photo courtesy of Auckland Zoo/Jane Healy.

After a good hosing down, Anjalee is cool and content - and eating. Photo courtesy of Auckland Zoo/Jane Healy.

Photo courtesy of Auckland Zoo/Jane Healy.

Following her hosing down, Anjalee immediately gets dirty again, to protect her from the sun and also from insects. Photo courtesy of Auckland Zoo/Jane Healy.

Sila Mokalei has the job of gathering 150 kilos of browse each day for Anjalee to eat. Photo courtesy of Auckland Zoo/Jane Healy.

Bev Mokalei helps his father. Photo courtesy of Auckland Zoo/Jane Healy.

Sila's nephew helps himself to some fresh coconut. Photo Radio New Zealand/Justin Gregory.

Anjalee considers the crate she will travel to New Zealand in. Photo courtesy of Auckland Zoo/Jane Healy.

Photo courtesy of Auckland Zoo/Jane Healy.

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