A SPECIAL Christmas delivery arrived without a hitch at the Halls Gap Zoo last week with three-year-old giraffe Pumika arriving from South Australia.
The former resident of Monarto Zoo joined his half-brother, Sumari, at Halls Gap as part of an Australia-wide zoo animal management program.
The precious cargo took a scenic journey, travelling via Kaniva, Nhill, Dimboola, Horsham and Stawell under special protective covers adorned with a large bow.
Pumika arrived days after Federal Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson opened a new giraffe compound at the Halls Gap Zoo.
Owners Greg and Yvonne Culell said the animals were key attractions, bringing tourists and locals out to support the zoo.
“The giraffe is one of those really iconic zoo animals so it is a bit of a drawcard,” Mr Culell said.
“It is exciting and a bit of a relief to have them both here. It was all meant to happen about six months ago and we’re happy to have the two together now.”
As expected, Mr Culell said Sumari greeted Pumika warmly, with the beautiful animals smelling each other to become reacquainted.
The new compound was opened in conjunction with 30 year anniversary celebrations since the zoo was opened as Wallaroo Wildlife Park by Colin and Liz Konig.