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BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Zoo has welcomed some new animals to the collection, including a male giraffe named Moke.

Moke (pronounced Mo-key) arrived in September from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri. He's just a year old and the hope is the Rothschild giraffe will breed with the Zoo's two female reticulated giraffes.

Moke joins George, a male Asian one-horned rhinoceros. He's owned by the National Zoo in Washington and arrived in Buffalo via the Bronx Zoo as part of a cooperative breeding program. Once he reaches sexual maturity in about two years, zoo officials will introduce him to Tashi, the zoo's resident female rhino. He weighs 3,000 pounds right now and is expected to reach between five and six thousand pounds. The existing rhino barn and yard were recently updated to accommodate George.

Also joining the menagerie are seven Solomon Islands leaf frogs. These frogs are known for hatching as froglets, completely bypassing the tadpole stage. They will be placed on exhibit in the Reptile house after their quarantine period is up. The croakers came to Buffalo from the Dallas Zoo.

Zoo officials can't wait for you to meet their new residents, but recommend calling them at 837-3900 before your visit to find out which animals will be on exhibit.

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