12 Aug 2010

Proposed elephant enclosure 'not big enough'

3:50 pm on 12 August 2010

An animal rights campaign group has renewed a call for Auckland zoo to abandon plans to house more elephants by building on part of a public park.

Auckland City Council has endorsed a proposal to expand the current elephant enclosure on about six acres of Western Springs park.

The zoo has had only one elephant since the death of Kashin almost a year ago.

Zoo staff warn the remaining elephant will be moved overseas if companion animals are not found.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals says the proposed enclosure will not be big enough.