Finding the best home and continuity of care
“We are currently working with our international zoo colleagues at other accredited zoos with excellent elephant programmes to secure the best possible home overseas that meets both Anjalee and Burma’s respective needs for their long-term wellbeing and future security.
“While the exciting future we hoped for them is no longer possible here at Auckland Zoo, Anjalee and Burma still have long and fulfilling lives ahead of them. When they leave us to travel to their new home, the elephant team will again put their own lives on hold to travel with them and then stay with them for as long as is needed, working with their new carers to settle them fully into their new elephant family,” he says.
Timeline and celebrating our elephants
“We know how much our community cares about Anjalee and Burma so, as soon as we are able to confirm which zoo we will be donating them to and the timing of their move, we’ll be sharing this with everyone.
“At the current time, we anticipate that they will potentially be leaving us by mid-2021, so there will be plenty of opportunity for people to see them and say their farewells.
“As anyone who has had the privilege to connect with elephants knows, they are the most extraordinary and charismatic animals. Over many decades, we are so proud that elephants here at Auckland Zoo have inspired so many millions of people to care more about wildlife and the world around them, and to be part of our efforts to help Asian elephants and other threatened wildlife in the wild.”