Australia Zoo is proud to announce the newest addition to the African family, Kebibi! The one and a half year old sub adult giraffe arrived from National Zoo and Aquarium Canberra on Friday morning to her new, excited keepers at Australia Zoo!
Since her arrival on Friday, Kebibi has settled in well, getting to know her keepers and other giraffe in her new herd.
Kebibi travelled comfortably and perfectly along the 1,285km road trip that took approximately 24 hours to complete and is now happily getting to know her new family here at Australia Zoo.
For the last six weeks, Kebibi has been getting used to the trailer. Each morning her keepers spent time familiarising her with the trailer and this training was rewarded with some of her favourite treats.
Terri Irwin, Owner Director of Australia Zoo said the crew was really excited to welcome their newest girl to the African family.
"Kebibi has been highly anticipated by her keepers over the last few weeks and now she's taking her time to get to know her surroundings before heading into the African Savannah to be with the other giraffe in the herd.
"Because Kebibi is young, the sweetest bond occurred in our behind the scenes area for our giraffe. Kebibi and Rosie (one of our mature female giraffe) hit it off immediately. As Kebibi decided to lay down for a rest, Rosie stood over her like a protective mother” said Terri.
Kebibi was born in July 2016 and currently weighs around 400kg. A specially made, extra tall float was used to transport her between the Australian Capital Territory and Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast.
From today, visitors to Australia Zoo may catch a glimpse of Kebibi getting to know her new home. For giraffe encounters or more on Australia Zoo, visit australiazoo.com.au.