Giraffe trip a tall order for zoo staff
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.
Asali sets out on her journey back to Monarto Zoo in South Australia.