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The Houston Zoo completed its first okapi habitat in 2001 and welcomed its first okapi. We immediately sought to protect this beautiful animal in the wild as well, and we reached out to the Okapi Conservation Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri Forest. They are committed to supporting the long-term survival of the Okapi through local community involvement and education. People from the local communities are employed to carry out all aspects of this conservation program to protect the Okapi from extinction.
In 2012 the Houston Zoo received breaking news of a terrible rebel attack on the Okapi Conservation Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This devastating crisis left six wildlife guards and 14 Okapi stationed at the reserve dead. The Houston Zoo was one of the first to respond and quickly organized a zoo wide effort to provide as much support as possible. We have a commitment to providing critical support to the people that bravely protect the Okapi in the wild.
For more information visit the Okapi Conservation Project
For news and updates on the Okapi Conservation Project, visit the Okapi Conservation Blog