LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Zoo has put on display a baby okapi (oh-KAH-pee), a reclusive species that in the wild is found deep in the now-vanishing dense rainforests of central Africa.
The calf born Nov. 10 is the first female okapi produced at the zoo and the second offspring of its mother, 14-year-old Opey.
The mother and father, 3-year-old Jackson, were paired under a species survival plan by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to increase the okapi population, which has declined to between 10,000 and 50,00 in the wild.
Nicknamed the “rainforest giraffe,” okapis are the closest living relative of giraffes but do not grow as tall. They also have zebra-like black-and-white striped patterns on their front and hind legs. Their thick coats are velvety and oily.
We're so excited to announce the birth of a female okapi calf born on November 10, 2017. She is the second offspring of mother Opey, and first for father Jackson. This birth is a success of @zoos_aquariums' Okapi Species Survival Plan, whose goal is to increase the rapidly declining okapi population. After spending the first couple of months bonding behind the scenes, the calf and her mother can now be seen on exhibit. #okapi #lazoo #LosAngelesZoo