16 Sep 2013

Auckland zoo still working on Niue elephant deal

4:48 am on 16 September 2013

Auckland Zoo says the new elephants it wants to bring to New Zealand will definitely spend three months in quarantine on Niue first.

The zoo's head of marketing Ben Hutton says work is continuing to import two elephants from an orphanage in Sri Lanka and if the deal is successful the earliest they will arrive by plane on Niue is late November.

He says if the Sri Lanka arrangement falls through elephants will come from another country and arrive later.

Mr Hutton says the logistics in organising such an operation are mind-boggling.