Kitoto safe and dry in Sydney

THE journey of Dubbo giraffe Kitoto to her new home at Sydney's Taronga Zoo has been in the spotlight since she refused to move onto the truck for transfer on Wednesday because of rain.

But yesterday at 5am her keepers at Taronga Western Plains Zoo were prepared for the second attempt at the transfer, having moved her specially-made crate in front of her night house.

Kitoto was checked twice on her trip with stops in Geurie and Bathurst before a police escort accompanied the truck carrying her crate from Lithgow.

Children from towns in the Blue Mountains waved from their school fences along the Great Western Highway as Kitoto passed looking out of her crate.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo public relations and promotions coordinator Mandy Quayle said four schools in the Blue Mountains had called asking when the truck carrying Kitoto would pass.

She added that schools in the area started calling their neighbouring schools after the giraffe had passed so their students could also catch a glimpse of Kitoto.

Kitoto arrived at Taronga Zoo shortly after 3pm.

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