"Jasiri," a young male reticulated giraffe who arrived from Indianapolis Zoo in mid October, will be exploring his new habitat tomorrow morning starting at 9 a.m.

For the past few weeks Jasiri has been behind the scenes getting used to his behind-the-scenes barn and becoming acclimated to his new keepers. This has allowed time for the Zoo to make sure he is healthy prior to introductions to the rest of the herd.

Jasiri was born April 4, 2011. At just 1 year 7 months old, he is still considered young. He has traveled to Reid Park Zoo as part of the Species Survival Plan© in hopes that he will, someday, be a breeding match with the Zoo's giraffe "Elinor." It may take years before breeding begins, but he is already demonstrating interest in his intended mate.

This week, introductions between animals have gone well and Jasiri will be on exhibit each morning. He might return to the barn in the afternoon. In addition to Jasiri and Elinor, two elderly female giraffes (Texas and Denver) will remain on exhibit at the Zoo. A combination of these giraffes may be visible to the public or behind-the-scenes at any time.

To date, nine giraffe calves have been born at Reid Park Zoo - all now at other zoos and many in breeding programs of their own. Reid Park Zoo continues to work closely with other institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in order to contribute to the successful breeding program.

Reid Park Zoo is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. For directions and information visit the Zoo’s website at tucsonzoo.org.