Rare Okapi Born at Illinois Zoo

Rare Okapi Born at Illinois Zoo

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The Brookfield Zoo proudly announced this week the birth of a new baby okapi — an endangered animal known to be native only to a single forest in Democratic Republic of Congo.

This Illinois zoo was home to the first okapi birth in captivity in 1959 and has since helped to raise 28 calves, writing the book on okapi husbandry. The new female calf named Sauda, a Swahili word meaning "dark beauty,” has tripled in size since her birth two months ago. (Brookfield Zoo)

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