So long Kito

We’re saying a sad so long to our youngest giraffe Kito, who is leaving the Black Country for Bristol today.

The four-year-old male, who was born here at Dudley Zoo to his late mum Mia and Dad Kubwa, is off to join the Somerset-based Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.

The 11ft-tall giraffe will be transferred to Bristol by Dutch transport firm EKIPA in a specialist horse box with a hydraulic roof, which can be raised and then lowered once Kito is inside.

DZG Curator Richard Brown said: “It will be very sad to see Kito leave us but it is the right time for him to move on as he matures and develops.

“A couple of days ago our Assistant Curator Jay Haywood went to visit Kito’s next home and said he should settle well into the new setting.”

Kito, which means precious in Swahili, has been a hugely popular animal at Dudley Zoo and many of his adopters have been on site to say their fond farewells.

We’ll let you know how handsome Kito gets on in his new home!