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History of Werribee Open Zoo's Giraffe

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  1. Jambo

    Jambo Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have any information on the history of WORZ's Giraffe?

    At the moment they have 5.0 Giraffe.

    Harold (2009) Arrived 2010 from Monarto Zoo
    Kona (2008) Arrived 2009 from Monarto Zoo
    Ajali (AJ) (2014) Arrived 2015 from Taronga Western Plains Zoo?
    Armani (2008) Arrived 2009 from Taronga Western Plains Zoo
    Jelani (2010) Arrived 2011 from Auckland Zoo

    They also had a male giraffe, Thembi (Armani's half-brother), who died in December 2018.

    Kona and Harold are half-brothers, and the grandchildren of Tony (born 1992 at Orana) who sired 7 calves at Perth, before being retired to WORZ in 2000. He died there in 2009.
     
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    Werribee Open Range Zoo's first five giraffe were imported from Melbourne Zoo between 1984 and 1991:

    Fred (M)
    Born at Melbourne Zoo 07/04/1981
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 05/12/1984
    Died at Werribee Open Range Zoo 28/10/1989
    Sire: William; Dam: Anna

    Donald (M)
    Born at Melbourne Zoo 04/09/1982
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 18/12/1984
    Died at Werribee Open Range Zoo 02/08/1994
    Sire: William; Dam: Anna

    Mel (M)
    Born at Melbourne Zoo 09/08/1985
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 19/02/1987
    Died at Werribee Open Range Zoo 20/07/1989
    Sire: Finnie; Dam: Anna

    Mac (M)
    Born at Melbourne Zoo 11/08/1988
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 07/05/1990
    Died at Werribee Open Range Zoo 25/08/2006
    Sire: Finnie; Dam: Anna

    Jamala (M)
    Born at Melbourne Zoo 03/05/1990
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 09/04/1991
    Died at Werribee Open Range Zoo 10/11/1996
    Sire: Finnie; Dam: Miranda (daughter of Anna)
     
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    The next arrivals were 1.1 young giraffe from New Zealand:

    Oskar (M)
    Born at Auckland Zoo 23/03/1994
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 06/12/1994
    Died at Werribee Open Range Zoo 31/05/2002
    Sire: Tsavo; Dam: Kay

    Zawadi (F)
    Born at Wellington Zoo 25/01/1995
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 19/12/1995
    Died at Werribee Open Range Zoo 17/10/1996
    Sire: Ricky; Dam: Tisa

    I'm guessing the plan was to create a breeding herd with Oskar and Zawadi; seperate from the established bachelor herd. Zawadi's mother, Tisa, was born at Melbourne Zoo to Finnie and Anna (Anna had 16 calves); so she was closely related to the five bulls from Melbourne Zoo. Oskar was a more distant relation. These plans were obviously abandoned when Zawadi died ten months after she arrived, as Zawadi remains the only female giraffe to have ever been held at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

    Following Zawadi's death, they continued as a holder of surplus bulls; with three more arriving between 1998 and 2000:

    Kinta (M)
    Born at Adelaide Zoo 08/05/1997
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 23/04/1998
    Died at Werribee Open Range Zoo 17/04/2013
    Sire: Hiram; Dam: Georgina

    Anthony (M)
    Born at Perth Zoo 17/12/1991
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 12/04/2000
    Died at Werribee Open Range Zoo 14/07/2010
    Sire: Jaffa; Dam: Celeste

    Jandamarra (M)
    Born at Perth Zoo 14/11/1996
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 22/10/2000
    Died at Werribee Open Range Zoo 17/05/2002
    Sire: Anthony; Dam: Marama
     
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    The most recent arrivals were six bulls imported between 2009 and 2011:

    Thembi (M)
    Born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo 06/12/2007
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 01/05/2009
    Died at Werribee Open Range Zoo 14/12/2018
    Sire: Nakura; Dam: Mutangi

    Amani (M)
    Born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo 23/12/2007
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 01/05/2009
    Sire: Nakura; Dam: Tuli

    Harold (M)
    Born at Monarto Zoo 19/09/2008
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 29/12/2009
    Sire: Tambo; Dam: Rafiki

    Kona (M)
    Born at Monarto Zoo 31/01/2008
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 17/02/2010
    Sire: Tambo; Dam: Malaika

    Ajali (M)
    Born at Perth Zoo 29/05/2010
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 20/04/2011
    Sire: Armani; Dam: Misha

    Jelani (M)
    Born at Auckland Zoo 05/03/2010
    Arrived at Werribee Open Range Zoo 10/09/2011
    Sire: Zabulu; Dam: Rukiya
     
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    So Oskar and Jelani were both from Auckland Zoo but weren't related?
     
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    Not closely, no.

    Oskar’s sire (Tsavo from Honolulu Zoo) was unrelated to Jelani’s sire (Zabulu from Orana Wildlife Park).

    Oskar’s dam (Kay from Auckland Zoo) and Jelani’s dam (Rukiya from Wellington Zoo) both descend from Taronga Zoo stock and would be distantly related.
     
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