A rare and endangered young okapi was born at the Oklahoma City Zoo

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The Oklahoma City Zoo has announced the birth of a rare and endangered young okapi. The calf is the first child born to mother Kayin and father Bosomi and the seventh okapi born at the zoo.| MORE | OKC Zoo’s critically endangered Sumatran tiger twins in public view Kayin was the last okapi born at the Oklahoma City Zoo. She was born in 2015. “We are thrilled to welcome Kayin’s first calf and welcome this new generation to our okapi family,” said Tracey Dolphin, OKC Zoo’s hoof and primate curator. “Kayin is a very caring first-time mom and demonstrates exceptional maternal care. Her new calf is healthy and strong and is going through her milestones, including nursing and bonding with mom.” Kayin and her newborn calf are healthy and enjoying quality time away from public view, zoo officials said. The okapi calf was standing and nursing an hour after birth. | MORE | Oklahoma City Zoo’s pregnant African lionessThe unnamed calf will remain behind the scenes at the okapi barn as Oklahoma City Zoo officials enter a weeks-long nesting phase. Okapis are native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa and are often called the “ghosts of the forests” because they are reclusive.| MORE | A 14-year-old chimpanzee at the Oklahoma City Zoo is pregnantThe International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies okapi as endangered. Populations of okapi in the wild are estimated to be between 10,000 and 50,000, and they are declining primarily due to habitat loss resulting from logging and human settlement. The presence of illegal armed groups around protected areas and poaching are major threats, officials said.

The Oklahoma City Zoo has announced the birth of a rare and endangered young okapi.

Authorities said the baby male was born around 3:45 a.m. on September 7 in the zoo’s okapi barn. The calf is the first child born to mother Kayin and father Bosomi and the seventh okapi born at the zoo.

| MORE | OKC Zoo’s critically endangered Sumatran tiger twins in public view

Kayin was the last okapi born at the Oklahoma City Zoo. She was born in 2015.

“We are thrilled to have Kayin’s first calf and welcome this next generation to our okapi family,” said Tracey Dolphin, OKC Zoo’s hoof and primate curator. “Kayin is a very caring first-time mom and demonstrates exceptional maternal care. Her new calf is healthy and strong, and is going through her milestones, including breastfeeding and bonding with mom.”

Kayin and her newborn calf are healthy and enjoying quality time away from public view, zoo officials said. The okapi calf was standing and nursing an hour after birth.

| MORE | Oklahoma City Zoo’s African lioness is pregnant

The unnamed calf will remain behind the scenes at the okapi barn as Oklahoma City Zoo officials enter a nesting phase for several weeks.

Okapis are native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa and are often called the “ghosts of the forests” because they are reclusive.

| MORE | 14-year-old Oklahoma City Zoo chimpanzee is pregnant

The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies okapi as endangered. Populations of Okapis in the wild are estimated to be between 10,000 and 50,000, and they are declining primarily due to habitat loss resulting from logging and human settlement.

The presence of illegal armed groups around protected areas and poaching are major threats, officials said.

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