Zuri, a one-year old female Giraffe will be making her way down the North Island today, to join our two female Giraffes in the African Savannah.
The transport of a Giraffe from Auckland Zoo will draw a few double-takes as the tall cargo winds its way down the country. Zuri will be joining our mother and daughter Giraffes here in Wellington, Tisa and Zahara. Tisa is actually Zuri’s grandmother, and Zahara is her aunt! Zuri needs to be moved before she is fully grown, otherwise she would simply be too big to transport.
Animal moves and transfers between good zoos are carefully managed and planned. Giraffes are difficult to transport, and the Animal Care teams at both zoos have had to consider all kinds of logistics for the move, including the safest route through Wellington to accommodate the specially-designed tall crate.
Auckland Zoo’s Pridelands team leader Nat Sullivan, along with Pridelands keeper Henry Davey-Wraight and zoo vet Melanie Leech, will be travelling with Zuri to make sure she is fed and comfortable for the journey.
Zuri is due to arrive in Wellington late on Monday night, and will be moved to the African Savannah on Tuesday morning!
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