31 October 2012

Rothschild’s Giraffe Tanzi is on her way to Mogo Zoo in N.S.W., due to arrive midmorning tomorrow.

keepers enticed Tanzi into her travelling crate before 7am today, using tempting taste treats to encourage her to go inside.

The crate training started about two months ago, because giraffe are a curious but easily startled, so Keepers need to invest a lot of time and effort in getting a giraffe that is due to travel feeling comfortable and relaxed in the travelling crate to minimise stress during the move.

As transporting such a heavy, 4.8m tall animal is quite a tricky business, the Zoo called on experienced partner Craig Membrey to organize the heavy lifting and the smooth overnight journey to Mogo Zoo.

Tanzi seemed very calm this morning as the crate was forklifted to the front of the exhibit, craned over the moat and out of the exhibit, and finally forklifted the last leg of the move up onto the lowloader taking her to Mogo Zoo.

Two Zoo Keepers and a Zoo Veterinarian are driving behind the truck, where they can view Tanzi through her crate window.  They will check on Tanzi at stops along the route when they give her more food and top up her water.

Tanzi is relocating as part of the regional breeding program, so she can be introduced to her future mate, New Zealand-born Ijumma.

She will also be reunited at Mogo with her sister Shani and her first calf, the young male Shaba, now a year old.

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

The truck is travelling north along the Hume Highway, turning off at Picton.  They plan to spend a night at Bomadery on the other side of Nowra, and they are due to travel across a bridge at Nowra under police escort between 7am and 7:30am on Thursday morning.