Hidden in the shadows of Africa’s dense Ituri Forest lives a shy relative of the giraffe called the okapi. Like the giraffe, the okapi uses its long, prehensile tongue to pluck leaves and buds from trees.
Based on the Okapi Conservation Project, the elusive okapi is a mysterious and secretive mammal that is nearly impossible to observe in the wild. Its existence is under serious threat from the impact of human activities. The okapi is entirely dependent on the forest sanctuary for its survival, and deforestation, along with poaching and mining, has contributed to its precipitous decline in recent decades. You can help by adopting an okapi through the Zoo’s A.D.O.P.T program, recycling your cell phone and supporting your local Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited Zoo!
Protecting the Okapi
The Zoo supports the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo in its quest to conserve and maintain the Ituri Forest where the okapi lives.