Gi­raffe trip a tall or­der for zoo staff

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Footy Finals 2015 -

AF­TER six months of train­ing and plan­ning, Perth Zoo suc­cess­fully farewelled eight-year-old fe­male gi­raffe Asali on her road trip to join a fe­male herd at Monarto Zoo in South Aus­tralia.

Ac­com­pa­nied by a Perth Zoo keeper and a vet­eri­nar­ian, Asali made her grace­ful exit last week in a spe­cially built crate de­signed to ac­com­mo­date her 4.4-me­tre stature.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said the Perth Zoo staff were ex­perts at gi­raffe trans­fers, with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence mov­ing the large crea­tures to and from eastern states.

In fact, the 2200km jour­ney across the Nullar­bor Plain was a home­com­ing for Asali, who was born at Monarto Zoo but had been trans­ferred to Perth Zoo for breed­ing pur­poses.

Af­ter the lack of chem­istry be­tween her and Perth Zoo’s res­i­dent male gi­raffe Ar­mani, Mr Ja­cob said the trans­fer made room for another fe­male to boost the breed­ing pro­gram.

“Asali’s de­par­ture will give us space in the Perth Zoo herd to

d443771 bring in an un­re­lated fe­male from Queens­land to in­tro­duce to Ar­mani,” he said.

“We hope to have another fe­male in the group within the next 12 months to keep up the breed­ing pro­gram.”

A Perth Zoo spokes­woman said Asali had ar­rvied safely at Monarto Zoo and was do­ing well.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Asali sets out on her jour­ney back to Monarto Zoo in South Aus­tralia.

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