Okapi calf going on display at Los Angeles Zoo

Nov. 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens announced the facility's first-ever okapi calf is going on display to the public.

The zoo said the calf was born Aug. 26 to mother Baraka and father Jamal -- the first okapi to reside at the zoo when he arrived in 2005.

Okapi, cousins of the giraffe often referred to as a "forest giraffe," are native to central Africa.

"This long-awaited birth is particularly special because it's the first okapi we've ever had born here at the Zoo," Los Angeles Zoo director John Lewis said. "Being able to have a species like this breed in our Zoo is a real testament to the hard work of the staff and their dedication to okapi conservation."

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