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“Okapi Baby” by Kathy Salerni.
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The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is thrilled to announce the birth of the first ever okapi calf born at the Zoo. The male calf was born on August 26 at 9:00 a.m. to first time parents, father, Jamal and mother, Baraka.

The Los Angeles Zoo received its first okapi in the history of the Zoo in June 2005 after trying to obtain one for over 20 years..

While some guests may confuse this shy, secretive animal with a zebra due to the brilliant black and white striped patterns on its front and hind legs, it is actually the closest living relative to the giraffe. Often called the “forest giraffe,” this beautiful species found in central Africa has a lustrous, velvety coat of fur, a 14-18 inch long, prehensile tongue, and as an adult stands at over six feet tall and weighs between 400-700 pounds.

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