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2 November 2012

Rothschild’s Giraffe Tanzi is now reunited with her sister Shani at her new home at Mogo Zoo, where it is hoped she will play a role in the regional breeding program.

The lowloader transporting Tanzi’s special travelling crate Vet arrived safely at Mogo Zoo at about 1pm yesterday.

Animal Operations Manager Paul Whitehorn said that Tanzi was in good shape when she arrived: ‘She’s fine!  She’s had a good drink, and she’s moving around nicely.’

At first Tanzi was given access to the night yard, where she could see the other giraffe in the savannah exhibit next door.

As both Mr. Whitehorn and the three Melbourne Zoo staff who accompanied Tanzi on the long trip were all happy with Tanzi’s behavior and condition, later in the afternoon they reunited her with her sister Shani.

The two sisters greeted each other in a friendly manner.

Tanzi is the first of the three female calves born to mother Twiga and father Makulu, brought together at Melbourne Zoo in a regional breeding program.

Makulu was born at Perth Zoo, the first Rothschild’s Giraffe to be born in Australia.  Twiga came from Rotterdam Zoo, and their offspring are:

  • Tambo, a male born in 2000 and now a successful sire at Monarto Zoo
  • Tanzi, born in 2002, departing for Mogo Zoo tomorrow
  • Tunu, born in 2004 and now mother to her first calf at Orana Park Zoo in New Zealand.
  • Shani, born in 2006 and now mother to her first calf at Mogo Zoo