Baby giraffe joins Oakland zoo's family

April 8, 2008 9:01:48 AM PDT
A 1-year-old giraffe named Mabusu, which means "Kisses" in Swahili, has joined the Oakland Zoo's animal family and is already known for his love of peanut butter, zoo officials announced.

Mabusu was formally introduced to the zoo's giraffe population after traveling from San Diego in a trailer, officials announced Monday.

"He proved he is a very adaptable, stoic fellow over his lengthy journey," zookeeper Amy Phelps said in a prepared statement.

The 10-foot tall mammal was chosen from the San Diego Wild Animal Park to participate in the Oakland Zoo's giraffe breeding program, though it will be a few years until he is able to sire a calf, according to officials.

Mabusu is a recommended match for the female giraffes at the Oakland Zoo by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Giraffe Management Program, zoo officials said.