In 1826, a giraffe given to the king of France by the viceroy of Egypt walked 550 miles from Marseilles to PARIS, drawing crowds wherever she went.
Andrew Sachs tells the story of the gift to a king that won the hearts of a nation.
After her long sea journey, the king's giraffe arrives in France.
Zarafa sets out on her long march to PARIS in a specially tailored oilskin raincoat.
Thousands turn out to greet the giraffe on the last leg of her epic journey as Zarafa makes a triumphant entry into the City of Light.