Zuri the giraffe arrives in Wellington

  • 31/05/2016
Zuri has left her travel crate and is settling in at Wellington Zoo (Simon Wong/Newshub.)
Zuri has left her travel crate and is settling in at Wellington Zoo (Simon Wong/Newshub.)

Zuri the young giraffe who travelled from Auckland to Wellington on Monday is now being moved into Wellington Zoo. 

One-year-old Zuri spent much of Monday poking out of a tall box on the back of a truck, amusing drivers across the North Island after leaving Auckland Zoo in the morning.

The team transporting the female giraffe documented the journey, including a few rest and snack stops in places such as Taupo, Tokoroa and Bulls.

The trip has also included a few close calls and one squeeze with an overbridge in Auckland, although keepers said the giraffe remained relaxed and happy.

It arrived about midnight, Auckland Zoo announced on Twitter.

Zuri will be moved to the African Savannah at Wellington Zoo on Tuesday morning where it will join its grandmother Tisa and aunt Zahara.

Giraffes are difficult to transport, and the animal care teams at both zoos have had to consider all kinds of logistics for the move, including the safest route through Wellington to accommodate the tall crate, animal science manager Simon Eyre says.

"Zuri needs to be moved before she is fully grown, otherwise she would simply be too big to transport," he said.

Auckland Zoo's Pridelands team leader Nat Sullivan says the move had been carefully managed.

"We've driven a giraffe to Hamilton before, but never as far as Wellington."

NZN