CAUTION TALL LOAD: Kebibi the giraffe is travelling from Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium to the Coast's Australia Zoo.
CAUTION TALL LOAD: Kebibi the giraffe is travelling from Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium to the Coast's Australia Zoo. Contributed

Giraffe's epic trek from Canberra to the Coast

MAKING the 1285km trek from Canberra to the Coast is a big enough feat for anyone, let alone when you're one of the tallest animals in the world.

Kebibi, a 19-month-old giraffe, is currently en route to her new home at Australia Zoo after departing from Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium this morning.

The youngster will be apart of the Australasian Regional Breeding Program for Giraffes and will join her new family, a herd of eight, on the Coast.

National Zoo and Aquarium senior zoo keeper Sophie Dentrinos said Kebibi was the first calf to be born at their zoo and the first to be a part of the program.

"Being the first born of her parents, she will bring a new blood line into the regional breeding program," she said.

"Giraffe females are mature at around four years of age, so Kebibi will have plenty of time to settle into her new herd before she is ready to have a calf of her own."

 

Kebibi the giraffe is travelling from Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium to the Coast's Australia Zoo.
Kebibi the giraffe is travelling from Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium to the Coast's Australia Zoo. Contributed

To ensure Kebibi's transit goes smoothly, Ms Dentrinos said they have been preparing her in advance for the long trek.

"For the past six weeks we've been getting Kebibi used to her transport trailer and she has been participating in a training regime every morning," she said.

"She's been building her confidence really quickly and she's done really well with her training."

Kebibi will spend an estimated 24 hours on the road before arriving at Australia Zoo tomorrow.

"We are really excited for Kebibi as she's going to join a huge herd up at Australia Zoo with lots of playmates and lots of potential for the future for her," Ms Dentrinos.

"It's goodbye and good luck."

 

As part of the Australasian Regional Breeding Program for Giraffes, 19-month-old Kebibi is leaving her home at National Zoo to join the current herd of 8 giraffes at Australia Zoo.
As part of the Australasian Regional Breeding Program for Giraffes, 19-month-old Kebibi is leaving her home at National Zoo to join the current herd of 8 giraffes at Australia Zoo. Contributed

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