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Topeka Zoo has new giraffe

10/24/2013

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Topeka Zoo has a new male giraffe the zoo hopes will breed with one its other giraffes.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://is.gd/fnGnf0 ) the new giraffe, Sergeant Peppers, was brought in Wednesday. He was born at the Oklahoma City Zoo, where spokeswoman Tara Henson says he was somewhat cautious but very popular with visitors.

Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says Sergeant Peppers will live with the zoo's three other giraffes: a 29-year-old female named "Dolly," a 23-year-old male named "Jesse" and a 3-year-old female named "Hope."

Zoo officials hope Sergeant Peppers and Hope will breed as part of a pairing recommended by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums' giraffe population management group. Male and female giraffes begin breeding at age 2.