Giraffe a tall transportation order for Interislander

04 July 2013 4:04PM

This week the Interislander’s Aratere had a rather unusual passenger — a nine month old male giraffe bound for Christchurch’s Orana Wildlife Park. The giraffe, named Fanana, had been flown from Sydney to Auckland and been driven down to Wellington by truck before crossing Cook Strait aboard Aratere.

Fanana will be Orana Wildlife Park’s future breeding bull as their lone male Harold died last year. “This transfer is essential for Orana’s role in the managed zoo-based, breeding programme for the species,” says Orana Wildlife Park’s Public Relations Manager, Nathan Hawke.

Interislander’s General Manager, Thomas Davis, says he was more than happy to help Orana Wildlife Park with the transportation of Fanana. “This was an exciting opportunity for us. It’s not every day staff and passengers get to see a giraffe travelling on a ship, and it’s great to have the capacity to be able to offer our assistance.”

“Park staff and volunteers are very excited about Fanana. We wish to gratefully acknowledge Interislander for very kindly donating the transport costs and assisting us to transfer such precious cargo,” says Nathan.

This is not the first time Interislander has transported wild or exotic animals. In December 2010, the Arahura played host to two lions being transferred from Orana Wildlife Park to Wellington Zoo.

Sydney’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo Keeper, Kevin Milton, and Orana’s Zoological Manager, Rob Hall, accompanied Fanana, who travelled in a custom-built crate on account of his height. Weeks of preparation went into organising Fanana’s transfer from Sydney to Auckland and then onto Christchurch, including training the giraffe so it could travel in the crate without becoming stressed, organising trucks and transport assistance and liaising with the various organisations involved.

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