Auckland Zoo's young male giraffe Mtundu sets sail for Sydney this evening, bound for a new life at Mogo Zoo as part of the Australasian zoos regional breeding programme for this threatened species.
Travelling with the 15-month-old on his 3-4 day sea voyage on Hamburg Sud's 42,000 tonne container ship, theHammonia Galicia, will be with the Zoo’s Pridelands team leader Nat Sullivan and vet, Dr Melanie Leech.
Public may catch a glimpse of Mtundu being transported in his purpose-built crate from approximately 1pm as he makes his way to Ports of Auckland's Fergusson Wharf. (The route will be Great North Rd, St Lukes Rd, Balmoral Rd, Mt Eden Rd/ and shops, Symonds St, Anzac Ave, to Beach Rd. Check the Zoo's Facebook and twitter for progress).