The Houston Zoo loves its’ okapis and wants to do everything we can to protect them in the wild. The Houston Zoo supports okapi protection efforts in Africa through:
- Okapi Conservation Project: Located in Central Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri Forest, this project is 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.
Video: Okapi Walking in the Ituri Forest
How you can help
- Be a hero; recycle you used cell phones-drop your old cell phone into the cell phone recycling box located by the main entrance near the gift shop.
- Avoid getting a new cell phone until it is absolutely necessary. Coltan, a mineral found in every phone is mined in okapi habitats!
- Visit the Zoo! Every time you visit the Houston Zoo, you help save animals in the wild.
- Learn more about the wildlife protection projects we support and donate to help save okapis in the wild.
- Friend the Houston Zoo Wildlife Conservation Facebook Page for updates on saving animals in the wild.