Public Gets First Peek at New Zealand Elephant

Mila can be seen in the Zoo's Elephant Care Center.

Mila, the African elephant from a zoo in New Zealand, will be available for guest viewing at the San Diego Zoo as she becomes acquainted with her new home and its other residents. The 41-year-old elephant arrived in San Diego on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, through collaboration with the Franklin Zoo Charitable Trust. She has been in quarantine at the Zoo’s Prebys Elephant Care Center until yesterday, Jan. 17, 2014.

“Mila has been doing very well at the Center,” said Scott Morford, senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo. “Now that quarantine is over, we are letting her explore her new surroundings at her own pace.” Mila had been living at the Franklin Zoo since 2009, where she has been cared for and trained under a system of positive reinforcement. San Diego Zoo Global was a pioneer in the development of this training system for managing elephants.

The diminutive African elephant will be allowed to explore this new area on her own and will continue to work with her keepers as she gets used to the sights and sounds of the Zoo’s other elephants.

CONTACT: SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL PUBLIC RELATIONS at 619-685-3291.

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