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This rare animal is found only in the most remote rainforests of central Africa. They have stripes like a zebra but are much more closely related to giraffes. It is almost impossible to observe an okapi in the wild, so seeing these amazing animals at our Zoo is the best way to inspire care and raise support for their protection in Africa.


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Okapia johnstoni


Isolated forest areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in particular the Ituri Forest

Location in the Zoo

Two habitats on either side of the Zoo; one near Birds of the World and the other near jaguars.

Cool Animal Fact

This animal has an incredibly long tongue – they can actually lick their own eyeballs!

How We Help Save Them

  • Second annual World Okapi Day reached over 10,000 villagers around the Reserve on the importance of protecting okapi habitat and how they can help
  • Over 460 patrols conducted by rangers, resulting in the removal of 3,168 snares, the arrest of 145 poachers, and closure of 50 illegal poaching and mining camps
  • 39,656 tree seedlings were distributed to farmers to increase crop yields and decrease the need to use land in okapi habitat

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.