20 Nov 2008

Giraffes to join Australian breeding programme

8:46 pm on 20 November 2008

Two young giraffes will be transported across the Tasman to begin new lives at Australian zoos.

One-year-old Forrest and his half-sister, 16-month-old Ntombi, are being relocated from Auckland Zoo and will make the week-long trip in a crate 4.2 metres high.

Auckland Zoo senior keeper Nat Sullivan says the giraffes will both join breeding programmes in Australia.

On Thursday the pair were safely transported through central Auckland to the wharf where they will be loaded onto a container ship at midnight.

More than 100kg of hay and 60kg of vegetables are on board to feed them.