PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Riley the visiting giraffe is about to leave his temporary home at the Oregon Zoo in Portland and head home to Salt Lake City.
After a two-year stay, Oregon Zoo officials say the 17-foot-tall giraffe will be returning to Utah’s Hogle Zoo this month. He came to Portland during renovations at his home zoo, which recently opened its new mixed-species African Savanna exhibit.
The Oregon Zoo’s senior Africa keeper, Laura Weiner, says keepers have grown fond of 10-year-old Riley. She describes him as “a spirited fellow” who has been a good companion to two younger male giraffes.
The zoo says keepers have been working with Riley to help him be as relaxed as possible during his trip. He’ll travel in an extra-tall trailer equipped with a video camera so keepers can make sure he’s safe.