Environment & Science

Los Angeles Zoo has a new baby okapi

An okapi mom with her calf at the L.A. Zoo.
An okapi mom with her calf at the L.A. Zoo.
Tad Motoyama/L.A. Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo has put on display a baby okapi, a reclusive species found deep in the vanishing rainforests of central Africa.

The calf, born Nov. 10, is the first female okapi produced at the zoo. It's the second child for its mother, 14-year-old Opey, who mated with 3-year-old Jackson. They didn't meet on Tinder. They were paired under a species survival plan by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to increase the okapi population.

The number of okapis in the wild has declined to between 10,000 and 50,000.

A female okapi calf, on display at the L.A. Zoo.
A female okapi calf, on display at the L.A. Zoo.
Jamie Pham/Los Angeles Zoo

Nicknamed the "rainforest giraffe," the okapi  (pronounced oh-KAH-pee) is the closest living relative of the giraffe. They don't grow as tall and they have zebra-like black-and-white stripes on their front and hind legs. Their thick coats are velvety and oily.

Video of the zoo's baby okapi:

Baby okapi video