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New giraffe arrives at Zoo Boise

Posted at 11:06 AM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 19:17:03-04

Zoo Boise has welcomed a new giraffe. “Tafari” was safely transported in a customized trailer from the Milwaukee County Zoo and arrived in Boise this weekend, officials said.

“He turned two-years-old on Saturday. ‘Tafari’ joins eight-year-old giraffe ‘Jabari’ in Zoo Boise’s African Plains Exhibit,” said Zoo spokeswoman Liz Littman.

Zoo Boise staff say Tafari is adjusting nicely to his new home -- and his companion.

The Boise community raised more than $20,000 in May to bring “Tafari” to Boise as part of Idaho Gives Day, Littman said. Nearly 300 donors supported the project to bring another giraffe to Boise. 

Lower seasonal temperatures made it safe for “Tafari”’s transport to Boise from Milwaukee last week, she added.

“This is an exciting time for Zoo Boise and everyone in the Boise community,” said Zoo Boise director Steve Burns. “This new addition enhances our educational efforts and will help further our conservation mission at the zoo. ‘Tafari’ is a great fit for Zoo Boise and we can’t wait for the community to meet him.”