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Buffalo Zoo welcomes new animals

BY: Metro Source Staff | November 08, 2012

BUFFALO - The Buffalo Zoo is pleased to welcome new animals to their collection. Among the new arrivals are a rhinoceros, a giraffe and seven leaf frogs.

A male giraffe named Moke arrived in Buffalo in September from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO. The year-old Rothschild giraffe was brought to Buffalo to breed with the zoo’s two female reticulated giraffes.

George, a male Asian one-horned rhinoceros is another new Buffalo resident. Owned by the National Zoo in Washington D.C., he came to Buffalo via the Bronx Zoo as part of a cooperative breeding program. The 3,000 pound rhino will no reach sexual maturity for at least another two years, when he will be introduced to the zoo’s female rhino, Tashi. The zoo recently completed updates to the existing rhino barn and yard to accommodate the rhino bull.

Zookeepers are also excited to add seven Solomon Islands leaf frogs to the Zoo’s collection. What makes these frogs special is that they hatch as froglets, skipping the tadpole stage entirely. The leaf frogs will be on exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house after their quarantine period. The frogs came to Buffalo from the Dallas Zoo.

Visit the Buffalo Zoo and meet the new residents.

The zoo recommends calling before you visit to find out when the animals with be on exhibit.

For information about the zoo’s hours of operation, call 837-3900 or visit buffalozoo.org.

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