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Endangered male giraffe Sifa arrives at safari park

Endangered Rothchild’s giraffe Sifa settles into his new home in Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, near Stirling, after travellilng from Dublin Zoo, becoming the first male giraffe to call the park home in a decade. (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Endangered Rothchild’s giraffe Sifa settles into his new home in Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, near Stirling, after travellilng from Dublin Zoo, becoming the first male giraffe to call the park home in a decade. (Andrew Milligan/PA) Endangered Rothchild’s giraffe Sifa settles into his new home in Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, near Stirling, after travellilng from Dublin Zoo, becoming the first male giraffe to call the park home in a decade. (Andrew Milligan/PA)

An endangered male giraffe has been welcomed into a Scottish safari park for the first time in 10 years.

On Wednesday, Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park near Stirling introduced Sifa, a five-year-old Rothschild’s giraffe, to its grounds.

New giraffe at Blair Drummond Safari
New giraffe at Blair Drummond Safari Sifa enjoyed a meal of willow leaves on his arrival (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The park estimates there are only about 2,000 Rothschild’s giraffes left in the wild.

Sifa arrived at the park at about 8pm on Wednesday after travelling from Dublin Zoo.

New giraffe at Blair Drummond Safari
New giraffe at Blair Drummond Safari Five-year-old Sifa made the journey from Dublin in a special transporter (Andrew Millgan/PA)

He is the first male giraffe to call Blair Drummond home in a decade.

As well as a sea crossing from Dublin to Holyhead, Sifa also endured a 337-mile journey north to his new home.

He has so far met new companions Harriet, Bella and Ruby, with the park saying the four are already getting along well.

Sifa (rear) settles into with one of his new friends
Sifa (rear) settles into with one of his new friends Sifa (rear) settles into with one of his new friends (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The overall giraffe population spanning all species has dropped by about 30% since the 1980s, with an estimated 117,000 left in the wild.

Suzi Marshall, team leader for large mammals at Blair Drummond Safari Park, said: “We are thrilled to welcome a new male into our giraffe tower.

“We are used to having an all-female group, so we were a bit taken aback by how tall he is, he’s a good couple of feet taller than all our girls.

New giraffe at Blair Drummond Safari
New giraffe at Blair Drummond Safari The park estimates there are only about 2,000 Rothschild’s giraffes left in the wild (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“We wanted to make him feel welcome as soon as he arrived, so we laid out a delicious dinner of willow.

“He made himself right at home and started tucking in right away.”