18 Sep 2013

Niue prepares for elephant quarantine

8:15 pm on 18 September 2013

Authorities on Niue are preparing to hold two elephants in quarantine for New Zealand's Auckland Zoo.

Auckland Zoo has confirmed work is continuing to import two elephants from an orphanage in Sri Lanka and if the deal is successful the earliest they will arrive on Niue is November.

Radio New Zealand International reports it is proposed that land near the village of Avatele at the southern end of the island will become an enclosure for the three month quarantine period.