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Okapi Baby
  Okapi Baby
Okapi Baby
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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Terry Cervi
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    What interesting information about this beautiful animal, Kathy!! And how sweet this baby is!! Fantastic work!

11/7/2013 8:19:31 PM

Nadia Paul
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Oh wow Kathy, is this little baby sweet or what! You have captured him so beautifully.

11/7/2013 11:26:56 PM

frank w. degenhardt
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Its like there was parts left over from other animals and then they were put together to make this one. Its looks are unusual and beautiful and I loved the story you shared with us. In word, in look, gorgeous Kathy.

11/8/2013 5:36:44 AM

April  Riggs
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Great textures, lines and composition!

11/8/2013 8:57:08 AM

Carol L. Fowler
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Beautiful baby! Glad he looks so healthy!

11/8/2013 3:17:27 PM

Patrick Rouzes
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Lighitng, tones, contrasts, focus & image are exceptional, Kathy. Faved.

11/8/2013 11:38:43 PM

John Connolly
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What a wonderful image of this beautiful animal Kathy! Fantastic work!

11/9/2013 11:51:58 AM

Colette M. Metcalf
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How sweet:0)

11/10/2013 1:45:24 PM

Rona L. Schwarz
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How special is this, Kathy! What a fabulous capture of him - he does look shy - love the lighting on him. Thanks for the great info as well - I'd love to see one in person.

11/10/2013 10:14:28 PM

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