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TravelSmart Club Dec. prizes include Fanana, jet-set giraffe encounter 

January 09, 2014
TravelSmart Club Dec. prizes  include Fanana, jet-set giraffe encounter

December free GoSee TravelSmart Club member prize winners get a unique jet-setting giraffe encounter at Orana Wildlife Park and a copy of leading 4WD trainer and traveller Vic Widman's latest book Classic Outback Tracks which reveals 19 of his favourite outback experiences.

Join the free GoSee Travel Smart members club and automatically join the draw for The Great Divide Tours Classic Outback Tracks book. (The next Classic Outback Tracks book draws are Feb. and April).

Orana Wildlife Park Family Pass prize winner is Gaynor Henderson of Mosgiel NZ.

Fanana is only one year old but the young male giraffe is an essential part of the future for Orana Wildlife Park as future breeding bull in a program which has been running for 20 years. Fanana is especially popular with visitors to the wildlife park as they are able to hand feed him at the daily wildlife encounter from noon to 3pm.

Fanana was transferred from Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Australia last year after the death of Orana's much loved male giraffe Harold. Fanana is the first giraffe to fly into New Zealand since Orana's last breeding bull Harold flew to NZ in 1994. At 2.9m the travel crate with 2.6m Fanana in it was the highest that could fit on the plane.

Fanana landed in Auckland and then travelled by road to Wellington and then from Picton to Christchurch. He did the whole trip on a Zealandia Horticulture Ltd curtain-sider truck. Fanana took the Interislander ferry 'Aratere' across Cooks Strait. Zealandia and Interislander waived the respective transport costs and Telelift NZ assisted by donating their services when transferring Fanana from Orana's quarantine facility through the wildlife park to the giraffe habitat. Despite the generous support of various transport providers it cost more than $40,000 to bring Fanana to Orana.

Call of the Wild, the official newsletter of Orana Wildlife Trust says Fanana's airfare alone was $20,000. Orana Wildlife Trust asks for its supporters help. Contributions directly assist the wildlife parks captive breeding program for the gracious giraffes, Chief Executive Officer Lynn Anderson said.

To donate to giraffe transfer project appeal, please either contact Orana directly on +64 3 359 7109 or, complete the donation form on the Orana website or scan and email the form to Orana at

Harold sired nine offspring and Fanana's role is to sire many more youngsters. But as giraffe's reach maturity at about three to four years it will be some time before more calves are born at Orana.

Orana's giraffe breeding program has produced 17 calves.

Orana Wildlife Park on McLeans Island Road, Harewood is 10 minutes from Christchurch Airport and 25 minutes from Christchurch CBD. Open daily 10am until 5pm. Last entrance is 4.30pm.Closed Christmas Day.

View the Orana Wildlife Park Giraffe Encounter here:

Great Divide Tours prize: Classic Outback Tracks winner is Robyn Armstrong, of Bondi. NSW.

Vic Widman has been exploring Australia since 1978 by 4WD and has seen more of it than most of us could imagine. He is one of Australia's leading 4wd trainers and 4WD tag-along tour operators through his company Great Divide Tours.

Vic is one of the most knowledgeable people on outback travel.

Now members of the free GoSee TravelSmart Club have a chance to have their own copy of his favourite 4WD tracks. Prizes are won each month by GoSee TravelSmart Club members in Australia and New Zealand. The GoSee TravelSmart Club is approaching 14,000 members.

Vic's latest book is a compilation of 19 of his favourite outback tracks. Each location is described in detail with a history of the area. This practical knowledge extends to what you will find when you visit, where to see all the best scenic locations and where to camp, plus an insight into the driving conditions you are likely to encounter.

Some of the areas included in this book include, Outback NSW, Corner Country, Simpson Desert, Hay River Track, Karijini NP, Anne Beadell and Gunbarrel Hwy, the Canning Stock Route and all the famous tracks, Birdsville, Oodnadatta and Strzelecki Tracks to name just a few. Retail value is $39.

Classic Outback Tracks by Vic Widman
Classic Outback Tracks by Vic Widman

Another free TravelSmart Club member winner for December is Glenda Gassman, Kawungan Qld, who has won a Hayman Reese Hitch Lock Pin.

Hayman Reese has been Australias leading manufacturer of towing system products for more than 50 years. Tow a trailer to the local tip or a caravan to the tip of Australia Hayman Reese has the products to assist in making the trip safely and easily.

The Hayman Reese Silver hitch pin lock, Part Number 55040 locks the towbars removable tongue into the towbar preventing theft.

It is recommended to use this genuine Hayman Reese Hitch Silver Hitch pin lock when using a Hayman Reese Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH) to ensure that the warranty is maintained.

Key features:

Dust and weather proof cover to protect the lock.

Locks the hitch pin tongue in place.

Deters thieves.

Hayman Reese designs, manufactures, tests and distributes vehicle towing systems, including towbars, hitch receivers, weight distributing hitches, accessories, protection bars, cargo barriers and side steps; it also imports and distributes portable toilets and associated accessories. The products are supplied to automotive companies as well as aftermarket customers.

Hayman Reese towbars have a lifetime warranty

Mogo Zoo prize: 1 x child entry winner is Nev Jotter, Tuggaranong ACT.

A troupe of Western Lowland gorillas led by the impressive 210kg Silverback Kibabu are now at Mogo Zoo.

Hayman Reese Silver Hitch Pin Lock
Hayman Reese Silver Hitch Pin Lock

Kibabu's two favorite ladies Mouila and Kriba and their offspring, Mahali and Kipenzi came to South Coast New South Wales from Taronga Zoo, Sydney.

Established in 1989 Mogo Zoo is a founding member of the Australasian Species Management Program and plays a leading role in various breeding programs.

Editors Note: The Join Free TravelSmart Club option button is 15th option button down on the left of the and Home Pages.

Click the Join Free TravelSmart Club option button and fill in your details, enter the verification which is case sensative and click save. To be eligible for the monthly prize draws new TravelSmart members must supply their full contact details.

As a registered member of the GoSee TravelSmart Club members also have access to additional features which include towing set-up and equipment videos, a variety of activities to keep children entertained while on the move. They include colouring pictures, mazes, word games, Sudoku and additional games and Google Earth.

All TravelSmart Club members are automatically in line for the chance to win monthly prizes.

The GoSee TravelSmart Club adds extra benefits and features when using this website plus prize give aways, special offers and a towing compatability test. In compliance with the GoSee Privacy Policy you can set your own configuration of what you participate in and receive.

Mogo zoos Handsome silver-back Kibabu
Mogo zoo's Handsome silver-back Kibabu

GoSee TravelSmart Club members get access to GoSee Useful Links.

These include Weather, public toilets,, Fruit Fly checkpoint information, National Seniors, Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA), Country Fire Authority Victoria and the NSW Rural Fire Service, in fact all state and Territory fire services are included.

As a registered member of the free GoSee TravelSmart Club members also have access to Towing set-up and equipment videos.

Rhino at short range Orana Wildlife Park Christchurch
Rhino at short range Orana Wildlife Park Christchurch