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New giraffe coming to Reid Park Zoo

New giraffe coming to Reid Park Zoo

CREATED Nov. 7, 2012

Web Producer: Alyssa Reilly

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Starting Thursday you will be able to spot a new addition to the Reid Park Zoo.

Jasiri, a young male giraffe, waved good bye to the Indianapolis Zoo and hello to Reid Park. Although he arrived in mid October, zoo keepers hid him in a barn to soften the change in scene.

He was transported to Tucson through the Species Survival Plan, which encourages breeding to help endangered species. The zoo is hoping he will breed with a female giraffe, Elinor.

Vivian VanPeenen, the Curator of Education for the City of Tucson, told KGUN9 that he is already showing interest in his anticipated mate.

Two other female giraffes, Texas and Denver, accompany Elinor in the exhibit. But since they are much older than Elinor, they were eliminated as a mate for Jasiri.

VanPeenen said the new giraffe will be on exhibit every morning but he might hide out in the barn once the afternoon hits.

Reid Park Zoo has helped birth nine giraffe calves to this day - all of which are now involved in breeding programs. The zoo said it is dedicated to working with programs accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to furnish breeding programs.

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