Did you know that today is World Okapi Day? Probably not, in fact if you are like me you might not have ever heard of an Okapi! Okapi are an endangered species that can be found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
They are known as the “ghosts of the forest” and because they are so reclusive they are rarely seen in the wild. There are an estimated 20,000 Okapi in the world but that number just got one adorable Okapi bigger this month! In honor of World Okapi day, Walt Disney World Resort announced the birth of an okapi at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge!
The Okapi calf was born October 1st and weighed 54 pounds.
I bet you are jumping in your car to go see this cutie but you are going to have to wait a little bit longer. He will remain the his backstage habitat being watched over by the keepers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge before he heads out to the Savanna at Animal Kingdom Lodge to join his friends!
The Walt Disney Company has a long history of aiding in Okapi conservation through the Disney Conservation fund and it’s involvement with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, which oversees the responsible breeding of endangered species.
The Okapi Conservation Project created World Okapi Day to generate awareness for this endangered mammal, so remember October 18th and this adorable Okapi calf!
I would reccommend adding a visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to your next Disney Trip! You can look at on the Savanna to see more than 30 species of African wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles and more!
Want to learn more about Okapis and other animals that you can find at Walt Disney World Resort? Head to DisneyAnimals.com