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Zoo Marks World Giraffe Day by Announcing New Project

Matt Trotter

The Tulsa Zoo announced another expansion project Tuesday.

A $1 million sponsorship from Osage Casino is funding an expansion of the zoo’s giraffe barn from 800 square feet to 2,000.

"This will allow us to add three additional stalls, a large community stall and we'll now have year-round viewing for 620,000 annual guests," said the zoo's Lindsay Hutchison.

The project will begin early next year and should be done late next year.

Tulsa Zoo needs the additional space because there’s a new member of the herd.

"We have a new male named Hekaya. He's almost two years old, and he came from the Bronx Zoo. And he's joining Lexi and Pili in our giraffe herd," Hutchison said. "You know, we hope when he's older, at some point he'll breed the two females and we'll be able to have an expanded giraffe herd and a multigenerational herd."

Hekaya has been at the zoo since late April but was adjusting to his new home behind the scenes until now.