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 Franklin Zoo - New Zealand, Mila (Jumbo)
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Posted: May 1 2012, 02:50 PM


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Cost of moving elephant could reach $500k

SPCA director Bob Kerridge said he had been in contact with the sanctuary and is trying to determine what steps need to be taken so Mila can be moved.

"We firstly need to have in place care for Mila at this stage, which at the moment is being undertaken by the Auckland Zoo.

"We then have to, with experts, look at the physical and mental condition of Mila to determine whether she is ready, or what needs to be done to make her ready to undertake such a trip.

"And we also have to put into place whatever is necessary financially to allow that to happen."

Kerridge couldn't say when Mila would leave but said transporting her could cost up to $500,000.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6833300/Co...ould-reach-500k


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Posted: May 3 2012, 03:52 AM


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Hundreds farewell zoo keeper killed by elephant

"Helen's dream for Mila was that she would eventually be moved to another zoo facility where she could live out her life with other elephants," said Chung.

"We want to realise that dream and when the time is right we will start to work towards it."


http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/hundreds-f...lephant-4862505


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Posted: May 10 2012, 02:18 AM


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Thanks to a member of TEC Facebook for drawing attention to this article and video:

What drove Mila the elephant to kill?

She's a wild animal out of her context," says Stroud. "Something snapped."

Mila is still at Franklin Zoo, which remains closed while a Department of Labour investigation into the accident is carried out. She is eating and sleeping and apparently calm. It's unknown if she will ever get to the animal sanctuary in California, where she will be able to find company at last.

But elephants have enormous patience.

"I believe," says Stroud, "that Mila has come to some accommodation with her lot in life. She has switched off as a way of coping and now she is just waiting."

"That's what Mila is doing, she's waiting. And it's easy to misinterpret that as 'she's fine.'"


http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news...lephant-to-kill



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Posted: May 15 2012, 01:57 PM


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Elephant fate to be decided in next few weeks

Schofield was preparing the ex-circus elephant, formerly known as Jumbo, to be transported to the Performing Animal Welfare Society in San Andreas, which has said it's still keen to take her.

SPCA director Bob Kerridge has been in contact with the sanctuary to determine what steps need to be taken so Mila can be moved, but nothing had been finalised.



http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news...-next-few-weeks


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Posted: May 29 2012, 04:48 AM


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I would stress that this comment is from a pro-zoo discussion board but, because it is positive news about Mila, I am posting it here - cautiously.

From member "driftaguy" in Auckland, NZ, 29 May 2012:

I went to Franklin Zoo soon after Mila arrived and she was swaying quite a lot. I last went there only a few days before the tragedy, and the difference in Mila's behaviour was amazing. She no longer swayed at all, was much more confident and happy, looked into visitors' eyes which she apparently didn't used to do. She also no longer put her foot out for it to be shackled.


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Posted: May 29 2012, 06:52 AM


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Thanks for posting s4e ...


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Posted: May 31 2012, 12:26 PM


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Funds needed to save killer elephant

Unless Franklin Zoo can raise $1.5 million to train Mila so she can be transported in a special crate, the elephant will have to be put down.

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/funds-need...lephant-4905488


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Posted: May 31 2012, 12:57 PM


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"$1.5 million to live out her life"... sounds like current moving costs plus future living expenses?... Hopefully PAWS will make a statement too...

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Posted: May 31 2012, 01:38 PM


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PAWS is asking their donors to contribute. I would rather donate to PAWS but haven't received clarification from them yet.


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Yes, I checked PAWS facebook after I wrote that note and found a sentence asking donors to support this effort....I would feel better about sending a donation directly to PAWS too..
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Posted: Jun 1 2012, 06:11 AM


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Zoo needs $1.5m or Mila put down

The newsletter said Schofield was paid just $29,731 for her work in the last six and a half years.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news...r-Mila-put-down


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Posted: Jun 1 2012, 12:08 PM


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From what I have read - Franklin Zoo was owned and operated by Helen Scholfield, and ran on a shoestring budget. Were its animals rescues? This sounds like a poorly-run private sanctuary. I can't find when she opened it, or any history, and what I see is that they are saying it will take $1.5 million to keep the zoo open, not just to move Mila. Elsewhere, it was pointed out that it is strange that crate training her was, or is, a problem - that's how she lived her whole life. Frankly, it's getting harder & harder for me to justify spending that much money moving one elephant, when the holocaust in Africa continues.
( And this from me, the advocate for using $800,000 to move the Toronto three to PAWS. Though I justify that by seeing it as a major precedent to getting ALL the elephants out of Canada ).
I didn't want to bring these concerns to facebook - could I have some feedback here?
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It seems better to wait for clarification about actual costs of moving Mila, when, how, etc... It appears the 1.5 million would be used to sustain the zoo and the 420+ animals that live there.....Maybe write to PAWS for clarification?

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Posted: Jun 1 2012, 01:32 PM


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I hate that they say the animals will have to be euthanized if this place closes. I think this is patently untrue. Auckland Zoo is right there & surely could assist in re-homing the smaller animals. But it really seems to have been a one-woman operation & therefore has no infrastructure or other stability.
And you cannot tell me that it costs zoos millions of dollars to transport elephants. Contributing to PAWS to move her is a whole lot different from keeping this place running. Maybe a solution would be to use the money to hire a cruise ship & pack up the whole lot and sent them to PAWS biggrin.gif
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I have been following Mila’s story ever since she left the circus/Tony Radcliffe.

From what I am reading, there has been huge progress in her all-round wellbeing, but she still seems to carry scars - and I think here of Winkie and Flora at TES.

My first thought about her post-Franklin Zoo home was that she might be housed with other African elephants in either NZ or Australia – given the risk/expense/stress of transporting her to the US.

However, there is only one other elephant in NZ – lone female Asian Burma (30) at Auckland Zoo, for whom young Asian companions are being actively sought.
In Australia, there is one African elephant – ex-Longleat SP UK female Cuddles (39) at Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.

Aside from media reports, discussions have been posted on the internet following the recent news that Mila may be facing euthanasia, and I summarise them here (any inaccuracies are mine):

There appear to be 2 options – to raise $1.5 million to send Mila overseas, or to pay for her lifetime care in NZ; to euthanase.
Where has the figure of $1.5 million come from? Apparently, it costs about $80,000 p/a to care for an elephant in an Australian government-run zoo, including staffing – it would be less in a private facility.
Crate-training does not take a long time – one comment was that, when with the travelling circus, Mila had lived in a crate, so to speak, for 30 years.
Conflicting views as to whether Mila was really going to be moved or not. On the one hand, Helen was actively preparing Mila for transfer to the US, and a documentary about Mila, "The Year of the Elephant", was being made, and funding had been secured. On the other hand, the purpose-built facility at Franklin Zoo indicates that it was to be Mila’s forever home.
Regarding Cuddles and Mila - what are the regulations for transferring an African elephant from NZ to Australia, and vice versa?
WPZ Dubbo had already refused to take Mila when Radcliffe tried to send her there.


I stress that I cannot vouch for the authority of any of the views. I post my summary of them simply as food for thought outside of what is being put out by the media. But there are some interesting points …


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Appeal launched for elephant that killed keeper

The sanctuary says it may have to put down Mila unless it can raise $1.45 million for the move by June 10.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article....jectid=10810914



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Today:

$1.4 million to save Franklin Zoo elephant

The Franklin Zoo Charitable Trust needed $800,000 by Monday to avoid putting Mila down, Ms Chung said.

However, in just four days $20,000 has been raised and as more funds come in this date could be pushed back.

Mila's new home will be chosen once a new zoo operator is hired. The move is planned for June next year.


http://www.3news.co.nz/14-million-to-save-...83/Default.aspx


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10+ minute video:

The clock is ticking for Mila -
the African elephant who crushed her keeper Helen Schofield to death at Franklin Zoo in April.
Franklin Zoo has said they need to raise almost $1.5 million in order to prepare Mila to travel to a sanctuary, or they may have no choice but to put her down.
Around $20,000 has been raised so far.
Before her death Helen was in discussions with a sanctuary in San Andreas, California to take Mila.
But what would life be like for her there? Would it be worth the trip?

Watch the video to see Natasha Utting’s full report.


http://www.3news.co.nz/Clock-ticking-for-M...88/Default.aspx


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Zoo raises only $50k for elephant

Franklin Zoo has raised only $50,000 out of the $1.45 million needed to care for an elephant that killed her keeper and is now trying to secure corporate sponsorship ...

The $1.45m needed would go towards funding an accredited zoo operator, an elephant programme manager, two more elephant keepers, a custom-built travel crate, vet care, medical testing, crate training, freight to her new sanctuary, quarantine and the final transfer to her new home.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7080340/Zo...k-for-elephant/


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$500k secured for elephant transport

Last night Franklin Zoo Charitable Trust spokeswoman said it had raised $55,000 from public donations and had been promised $500,000 worth of services from businesses willing to help transport Mila. The businesses cannot be named until the funding had been secured.

A further $870,000 is needed to train Mila for her journey to a Californian sanctuary which trustees hope will be her new home by June 2013.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news...phant-transport


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Donations from around the world to save elephant

People from New Zealand, Australia, United States and United Kingdom Have Proved Their Generosity and Compassion ...

"The money we have raised so far will enable us to care for Mila in the short term, but we still need more funds to be able to prepare Mila for travel." explains Jenny Chung ...


http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/donations-a...ephant/5/126236


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Zoo to continue to care for Mila the elephant

Franklin Zoo says it is pulling all of its resources to find Mila the elephant a new home.

The zoo originally said it had until yesterday to raise $1.45 million to help keep the African elephant alive.

It has now decided it will be able to care for Mila as it works to raise funds to care for her, and properly prepare her for a new home.


http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/zoo-contin...46?ref=facebook


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Good overview of the Free Jumbo Campaign by SAFE New Zealand.

SAFE campaigned for over two decades to free Mila (then called Jumbo) from her miserable circus life with the intention of moving her to a specialised elephant sanctuary Franklin Zoo is currently fundraising to pay for the care of Mila and for her eventual relocation to a refuge where she will at last have the opportunity to be with other elephants.

Mila has been at the zoo since 2009 where she formed a bond with Helen who told SAFE the day before she died that Mila was nearly ready to travel to the US where the best elephants sanctuaries are located. Helen's death has set this process back and the zoo is now suggesting June 2013 as the date Mila will leave for her new home.

After 20 years of campaigning for Mila's welfare SAFE is committed to realising the plans to get Mila to a sanctuary.


http://safe.org.nz/Campaigns/Free-Jumbo-Campaign/


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Mila's fate uncertain as Franklin Zoo closes

Franklin Zoo is closing, leaving the fate of African elephant Mila in doubt ...

The $1.45m needed would go towards funding an accredited zoo operator, an elephant programme manager, two more elephant keepers, a custom-built travel crate, vet care, medical testing, crate training, freight to her new sanctuary, quarantine and the final transfer to her new home
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http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7276537/Mi...klin-Zoo-closes


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Franklin Zoo closes after seven years

Fundraising had allowed the zoo to advertise for an elephant programme manager who will be able to prepare Mila for the journey overseas.

They had also received offers from companies offering to build Mila a travel crate and a freight organisation has offered to cover the cost of travel.


http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/franklin-z...n-years-4968216


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Homes sought for zoo's animals

The zoo has been advertising for an elephant project manager to continue Helen’s work training Mila, meaning the elephant still has a shot at going to an overseas sanctuary.

"She needs medical testing and crate training, but we need someone who is qualified working on site before Mila can get overseas."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/...or-zoos-animals


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Thanks to a member of TEC Facebook for drawing attention to this article:

Zoo on the hunt for elephant minder

The job is being advertised by Franklin Zoo and has been sent out internationally and to at least 80 members of the Zoo Aquarium Association (ZAA) Australasia. The zoo is offering a competitive salary and relocation costs for someone with at least five years experience in managing elephants including moving them. The right candidate would also run a protected (non-contact) management programme for Mila.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article....jectid=10820615


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An elephant never forgets . . .

A Christchurch woman spent yesterday making sure people never forget about elephants.

Samantha Eason decided to become the pink elephant in the room where she works at the University of Canterbury to help raise funds for Mila the former circus elephant which was based at Franklin Zoo



http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/7693...t-never-forgets


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