A rare Okapi calf has been born at Marwell Zoo. Marwell’s new arrival is male and is called Dikembe. He is three days old and is just starting to find his feet. He was born to mum Dumela and dad Shomari.
– Ian Goodwin, Marwell Zoo
Our last Okapi birth was in 2008 so this arrival is a fantastic addition to Marwell and an important part of the EEP. This is Dumela’s first calf and she is doing very well. Dikembe will spend some time nesting while he builds strength and grows. Okapis are fascinating animals and are the only living relative to the giraffe.
Okapis were discovered about 100 years ago but are now listed as ‘Near Threatened’ in the wild by IUCN Red List. The main threat is loss of its habitat to agriculture, encroaching human settlements, and deforestation.