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COPY-Giraffe on loan to Knoxville zoo for breeding

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Knoxville Zoo welcomed a temporary addition to its giraffe exhibit in the hope of breeding new calves in the future.

Jumbe, a 17-foot-tall male giraffe, is 8 years old and is on a breeding loan from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Mo. He made his debut at the Knoxville Zoo this past weekend, WVLT-TV in Knoxville reported (http://bit.ly/syU7S5 ).

Knoxville Zoo officials said Jumbe (pronounced JUME-bay) is settling into his new home in the Grasslands Africa exhibit and getting to know his two female companions, Patches and Lucille.

Giraffes are native to sub-Sahara Africa but due to hunting and habitat loss, are most commonly found in eastern Africa.

Information from: WVLT-TV, http://www.volunteertv.com/

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