WALKING TALL: Halls Gap Zoo’s newest resident Sumari the giraffe. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERTHE first of two giraffes settled into its new home at Halls Gap Zoo on Thursday afternoon and is already wowing visitors.
Sumari made the trek from Monarto Zoo near Adelaide after spending weeks learning to walk on and off a transport trailer.
Pumika is due to join its long-legged counterpart in two weeks.
Both giraffes are three-year-old males.
Halls Gap Zoo owner Yvonne Culell said Sumari was enjoying its new enclosure.
“There was always a risk he would spook, but he’s a pretty calm animal,” she said.
She said the giraffe had caused excitement among the zoo’s visitors.
“We’ve had a lot of people comment on Facebook when they found out about the giraffes,” she said.
“I’ve even heard a few ‘oh wows’ from visitors when they saw him today.
“It’s good timing having the giraffes arrive just before the school holidays.”
She said the zoo hoped to attract more animals from Africa including a serval, a mid-sized wild cat, and a ring-tailed lemur.
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