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Perth's New Giraffe Stretches Her Legs After Journey

'Ellie' gets a warm welcome

Perth's New Giraffe Stretches Her Legs After Journey Australia Zoo, Ben Beaden

A 16-month-old giraffe is finally getting settled at her new home at Perth Zoo, after a 4510 kilometre cross-country journey from Queensland.

Ellie arrived with a VIP convoy this morning, but it'll be a few days before the public gets a proper look at her.

She will be introduced to her new companions, Armani and Kitoto, over the coming days, as well as the zebras who also live in the enclosure.

Ellie was moved as part of the Australasian Giraffe Breeding Program, which aims to maintain genetic diversity between populations.

Senior Perth Zoo Keeper, Kaelene McKay, said the latest research out of Africa indicates there is less than 80,000 giraffe roaming the African Plains.

"This makes zoo breeding programs vitally important and why Ellie is such a special new addition to the Perth Zoo family,” she said.

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