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Two giraffes face long trip to Tulsa

SARA PLUMMER - Tulsa World Modified: August 28, 2009 at 5:15 am •  Published: August 28, 2009
TULSA — The Tulsa Zoo’s staff is busy turning Samburu the giraffe’s bachelor pad into a home suitable for two new female giraffes.

The zoo hopes to get the two females in October, one from a zoo in Santa Barbara, Calif., and the other from the Wilds Zoo near Cumberland, Ohio.

The 9-year-old California giraffe is being donated, and the Tulsa Zoo is buying the 5-year-old Ohio giraffe.

The city of Tulsa set aside $25,000 for the purchase of the animal, but the zoo needs to raise an additional $50,000 for the rest of the purchase price, transportation costs for both females, and upgrades to the giraffe exhibit and barn, Evans said.

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The first scheduled fundraiser will be a naming contest for the two new female giraffes. Six names will be presented, and people can vote for their choice by donating money. The two names that raise the most money will win.

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