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New Giraffes at Tulsa Zoo

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By AP

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Zoo to welcome 2 female giraffes

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa Zoo officials say two female giraffes soon will arrive at the zoo.

Zoo spokeswoman Angela Evans says a 4-year-old giraffe named Lexi will arrive from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Mo., while a 2-year-old named Pili will arrive from the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kan. Both will stay in quarantine for a time after arriving.

The females will join the Tulsa Zoo's one male giraffe, named Samburu. The three animals will live in the zoo's newly renovated giraffe barn. The zoo says its new African-themed observation deck dubbed the "Mary K. Chapman Giraffe Experience" also is completed.

The Tulsa Zoo's veterinarian, Kay Backues, will accompany both animals during their trip to Oklahoma. Zoo officials say it's hoped Samburu eventually will breed with the two females.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.