Giraffe off to new Melbourne home
Nakaru’s five-day journey to Australia is well under way.
On Monday the 15-monthold giraffe from Auckland Zoo was put on a ship bound for Australia where she will join a breeding programme at Melbourne Zoo.
Nakaru was packed into the 4.2 metre high crate she will spend the sea voyage in on Monday and left the zoo on the back of a truck at 5.30pm.
Monday’s rough weather didn’t hamper the trip.
‘‘It all went really well. It took a little longer than hoped to get her loaded onto the ship because of the rain, but there were no major problems,’’ Auckland Zoo membership coordinator Gina Dellabarca says.
The ship managed to get off just before midnight and Nakaru is due to arrive in Melbourne on Saturday.
On Monday the unusual sight travelled along Great North Rd, St Lukes Rd, Mt Eden Rd and Symonds St enroute to the Ports of Auckland.
Onboard the JPO Scorpius Nakaru will have toys and her favourite foods to help keep her comfortable and she’ll have enough room to sit down in the crate.
Nakaru is being accompanied by Pridelands team leader Nat Sullivan, keeper David Crimp and vet Dr Bethany Jackson
‘‘We will be spending a lot of time with her and checking on her regularly, which will hopefully help her feel secure,’’ Ms Sullivan says.
Nakaru’s brother Jelani made the move to Melbourne’s Werribee Open Range Zoo in 2011.
She will spend a month there in quarantine before moving to Melbourne Zoo.
Before Nakuru’s birth, there had been one other female giraffe born at the Auckland Zoo in 26 years.
Her mother Rukiya is due to give birth again in July.
Home comforts: Nakaru’s keeper offers her a snack to help keep her happy while she waits to be transported to the Ports of Auckland where she left for Melbourne.
All set: Nakaru takes a final look at her home at the Auckland Zoo before she’s shipped to Melbourne.
Final preparations: Workers help secure Nakaru’s crate to the truck that will transport her to the Ports of Auckland where she began her journey to Melbourne.
Thirsty work: Nakaru enjoys a quick drink before setting off from the Auckland Zoo to the Ports of Auckland.