Auckland Zoo's Director Jonathan Wilkin on Sri Lanka's gift elephant to John Key

Newstalk ZB staff,
Kerre McIvor and Mark Dye Afternoons,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 5:40PM
Anjalee the elephant arrived in New Zealand last year. Picture / Brett Phibbs

It's the elephant in the courtroom - a diplomatic gift of an elephant from Sri Lanka that's set to cause headaches for its government, and ours.

Sri Lanka’s President gifted Nandi, a female elephant, to our Prime Minister when he was visiting the country in February.

Now, 18 groups and individuals have petitioned Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal to stop five-year-old Nandi coming to Auckland, and the country's Attorney General has promised they'll be heard.

Kerre and Mark spoke with Auckland Zoo's director, Jonathan Wilkin, about the ordeal.

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