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Buffalo Zoo welcomes new animals

by jmaloni
Thu, Nov 8th 2012 07:00 am

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

A male giraffe named Moke (mo-key) arrived in Buffalo in September from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Miss. The 1-year-old Rothschild giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschild) was brought to Buffalo to breed with the zoo's two female reticulated giraffes.

George, a male Asian one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), 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 not reach sexual maturity for at least another two years, when he will be introduced to the Buffalo Zoo's female rhino, Tashi. He is expected to reach between 5,000 and 6,000 pounds.

The Buffalo 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 (Ceratobatrachus guentheri) to the Buffalo 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.

The Buffalo Zoo recommends calling before a visit to find out when the animals will be on exhibit. For information about the hours of operation, call 716-837-3900 or visit www.buffalozoo.org.

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