Auckland Zoo's new elephant, Anjalee, enjoys a pat while in quarantine on Niue.

The 8-year-old Asian elephant is spending 90 days on the island, before she travels to Auckland to keep 32-year-old female elephant Burma company.

Anjalee is the first of two elephants due from Sri Lanka, and arrived in Niue last month on a C-130 Hercules after a 30-hour journey.

Zoo spokeswoman Jane Healy said Anjalee had settled in well after her tiring trip, and had taken a liking to coconuts, apples and elephant grass.

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Auckland Zoo elephant team leader Andrew Coers will be with Anjalee for the whole of her stay in Niue, before travelling on to New Zealand in June.