The yet-to-be-named male calf, born Nov. 6 at 40 pounds, is reportedly thriving under the care of his mother Tulia. The pair will continue to bond behind the scenes for the next several weeks.
What is an okapi? Well, it looks like a zebra but is related to the giraffe.
The species has been classified as endangered by habitat destruction and poaching.
Okapis are also known as the “forest giraffe” and are native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. The species has been classified as endangered by habitat destruction and poaching since 2013.
In 2012, the Houston Zoo received breaking news of a terrible rebel attack on the Okapi Conservation Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which left six wildlife guards and 14 okapi stationed at the reserve dead. The Houston Zoo was one of the first to respond and quickly organized a zoo-wide effort to provide as much support as possible.
Now, this is the first successful birth of a baby okapi at the Houston Zoo. Welcome, cutie!