Three new giraffes have been welcomed to Blackpool Zoo – following a major operation to get them to their new home ready for the summer holiday season.
The trio of hybrid giraffes, Tiye, Olympia and Eve have joined existing residents, Sonia and O’Grady at Giraffe Heights.
The three female newcomers have travelled from Marwell Zoo in Hampshire and Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland following a carefully planned logistical operation by ferry and road in specially designed trailers – with low bridges a definite no-go.
Adam Kenyon, section head of large mammals at Blackpool Zoo, said: “We are delighted to welcome three new additions to Blackpool Zoo and, as the correct name for a group of giraffes is a ‘tower’ you could say they are the new ‘Blackpool Tower’!
“The introductions were a complete success and they are all together and integrating well.
“Giraffes are such majestic creatures and one of the world’s most popular zoo animals – it really is hard not to stand and stare at them all day.”