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Tulsa Zoo welcomes three new animals

Tulsa Zoo welcomes three new animals
Posted at 2:52 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 15:53:48-05

TULSA, Okla. — Not one, not two, but THREE new animals are now calling the Tulsa Zoo their home!

Tulsa Zoo welcomed a new giraffe, white rhino and Asian elephant.

Zoe, an 18-month-old female giraffe came to Tulsa from Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. She joins females Lexi and Pili and male Hekaya as part of a plan for future breeding with Hekaya.

Sally, a 14-year-old white rhino, came to Tulsa from the Columbus Zoo/The Wilds. She joins male Rudo and female Jeannie in Tulsa for breeding recommendations with Rudo.

Lastly, 48-year-old Asian elephant, Booper, came to Tulsa from a facility that is discontinuing it's elephant program. She joines new herd mates male Sneezy and female Sooky.

Transfer of animals among zoos and aquariums can happen for a number of reasons, and not every move happens for breeding purposes. In some cases, transfers occur to balance the numbers held between facilities. That was the case with our young male giraffe, Ohe, who relocated to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to augment their herd. Other animals such as our African lions Shatari and Kalu were brought together to ensure they have similar social opportunities like their wild counterparts.
Vice President of Animal Conservation and Science Joe Barkowski

Tulsa Zoo guests will have the opportunity to meet their three new additions at the Osage Casino & Hotel Giraffe Barn, the Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve and the Lost Kingdom: Elephants.

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