“We are very excited about the possibility of Monarto Safari Park developing this new 14ha (35 acre) habitat for the Australasian regional elephant programme – one of the largest of its kind in the region - and really hope that this fundraising effort can become a reality,” says Auckland Zoo director, Kevin Buley.
“Burma is continuing to do extremely well here at Auckland Zoo thanks to our incredible elephant team, however in the longer-term we know that she needs to be with other elephants. A new herd at Monarto, that would initially also include two Asian elephants from Perth Zoo that are in similar circumstances, would be a brilliant option for Burma’s future forever home.
“As this Monarto option is not confirmed, we are of course, continuing to work with the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) programme to explore other accredited zoo back-up options that would provide Burma with the elephant family herd and environment that she needs for her long-term wellbeing.”
While not currently home to elephants, Zoos South Australia has a long-standing history of having elephants at both Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park.