Published on November 2, 2020
TULSA, Okla. (Nov. 2, 2020) – Tulsa Zoo has big, big, big news. The zoo recently welcomed three new additions: an Asian elephant, a giraffe and a white rhino.
The zoo’s three new animals are:
An SSP is a carefully managed AZA program through which accredited zoos work collaboratively in the best interest of species, ensuring healthy, genetically diverse animal populations, says Vice President of Animal Conservation and Science Joe Barkowski.
“Transfer of animals among zoos and aquariums can happen for a number of reasons, and not every move happens for breeding purposes,” Barkowski says. “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.”
Barkowski also shares his appreciation for the zoo’s staff, working for many months to coordinate the transfers of the three new members of the zoo’s largest species – all occurring within a two-week period.
Zoo guests can meet the three new additions at Lost Kingdom: Elephants, Osage Casino & Hotel Giraffe Barn, and Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve.
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The Tulsa Zoo is Green Country’s largest paid daily attraction, welcoming 700,000 guests each year, The zoo is owned by the City of Tulsa and managed by Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information about the Tulsa Zoo, visit tulsazoo.org or call (918) 669-6600.
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