City of Melville weeds go to Perth Zoo for giraffes to munch on

d492129d City of Melville environmental restorer Jamie Davies and natural areas maintainers Jane Spinks and Sandra Wells with Perth Zoo horticulturalist Jeff Robertson and giraffe Armani. Picture: David Baylis
d492129d City of Melville environmental restorer Jamie Davies and natural areas maintainers Jane Spinks and Sandra Wells with Perth Zoo horticulturalist Jeff Robertson and giraffe Armani. Picture: David Baylis

ABOUT 120kg of weeds removed by the City of Melville has gone to high places.

The City’s natural areas team cleared about 400sqm of Bull Creek Reserve in a joint effort with the staff from the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare and Perth Zoo in early March.

Normally destined for landfill or to be turned into landfill, the weeds were sent to the zoo for the giraffes to munch on.

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“We supply about 16 branches to the giraffes every day, which is about 80kg but they don’t always eat all of it,” Perth Zoo horticulturalist Leanne Root said.

“ The weed supplied by the City were good for the giraffes and it’s much more sustainable then sending it to landfill.

“We’ve had several councils send us weeds before but this is the first time that we’ve partnered with the City of Melville.”

The zoo has four giraffes, Armani, Kitoto, Ellie and Kamili.

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