28 Nov 2009

Jumbo quits circus life for Franklin zoo

11:00 am on 28 November 2009

Jumbo the elephant has packed her trunk and is saying goodbye to the circus.

The 36-year-old pachyderm will become the only African elephant at a zoo in New Zealand on her arrival at Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary in Tuakau from Helensville this weekend.

The facility is closed to the public until Monday as staff and contractors put the finishing touches to Jumbo's training, entertainment and living enclosure and get her used to her new environment.

The sanctuary director and vet, Dr Helen Schofield, says Jumbo has been retired from the Loritz circus.

She says the elephant is one of only two in New Zealand.