Crikey! Australia Zoo snaps up a fantastic Scania
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.
GREAT NEW TRUCK: Terri Irwin says thank you to Scania.