10 Jul 2013

Auckland zoo says Sri Lankan elephants could be quarantined on Niue

4:44 am on 10 July 2013

Auckland Zoo, which wants to bring in elephants from Sri Lanka, says they could be quarantined on Niue.

The head of marketing for the zoo, Ben Hutton, says nothing has been finalised, both in terms of securing the elephants or just where they might be quarantined.

But he says a requirement of the importation of Asian elephants is that they spend 3 months in quarantine in a third country and Niue is one of the places being considered.

Niue has successfully served as a quarantine station in the past for animals imported into New Zealand.