Crikey! Aus­tralia Zoo snaps up a fan­tas­tic Sca­nia

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SCA­NIA is as­sist­ing Aus­tralia Zoo and Aus­tralia Zoo Wildlife War­riors by sup­ply­ing one of its New Truck Gen­er­a­tion prime movers to trans­port vi­tal equip­ment from Beer­wah, in south­east Queens­land to the Steve Ir­win Wildlife Re­serve in Cape York, Far North Queens­land.

The Sca­nia G 500 6x4 is pow­ered by the lat­est 13-litre 6-cylin­der en­gine from Sca­nia and will pull two six-me­tre con­tain­ers 2500km to the re­serve. Steve Ir­win be­gan crocodile re­search in the 1980s, and his cap­ture and study tech­niques re­main the world’s best to this day.

Since 2008, an an­nual crocodile re­search trip has been con­ducted on the Steve Ir­win Wildlife Re­serve, lo­cated on the Wen­lock River in Cape York.

Aus­tralia Zoo, in part­ner­ship with the Univer­sity of Queens­land and Aus­tralia Zoo Wildlife War­riors, man­age the largest and the most suc­cess­ful crocodile re­search project in the world, util­is­ing Steve Ir­win’s tech­niques.

The truck that Sca­nia has pro­vided to Aus­tralia Zoo is one of the orig­i­nal NTG eval­u­a­tion ve­hi­cles, and was named “Trevor O’Brien” in hon­our of one of Sca­nia Aus­tralia’s long­est serv­ing em­ploy­ees.

Aus­tralia Zoo owner Terri Ir­win said the Sca­nia truck would trans­port two ship­ping con­tain­ers to the Steve Ir­win Wildlife Re­serve.

“These ship­ping con­tain­ers are im­por­tant as they will store and pro­tect our boats and traps, used for our an­nual crocodile re­search trip, from the wet sea­son that FNQ faces each year,” she said.

“The truck will do a 5500 km round trip to the re­serve and back and we are grate­ful to Sca­nia Aus­tralia for its use. The money we would have used to rent a truck can now be used for fur­ther re­search into croc­o­diles and their con­ser­va­tion.”

Sca­nia Queens­land re­gional ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Richard Singer said Sca­nia was pleased to be able to pro­vide the zoo with one of its new prime movers.

“Just like Aus­tralia Zoo is com­mit­ted to re­search, Sca­nia puts sig­nif­i­cant re­sources into its own re­search and de­vel­op­ment, de­signed to im­prove longevity and dura­bil­ity, just like the re­searchers in FNQ are study­ing how croc­o­diles func­tion and flour­ish in lo­cal con­di­tions,” he said.

PHOTO: BEN BEADEN

GREAT NEW TRUCK: Terri Ir­win says thank you to Sca­nia.

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