See baby animals at Chicago's Brookfield and Lincoln Park Zoos this summer



What: An okapi, sometimes also called a "forest giraffe," is a rare hoofed mammal native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It wasn't even discovered by biologists until 1900, and remains a protected species today. The Brookfield Zoo was the first American zoo to have an okapi birth, back in 1959, and since then, more than 30 okapi calves have been born at the zoo.

Born: April 27 at Brookfield Zoo. This female calf is still awaiting a name, but zoo vets say both she and her mom, 8-year-old Semliki, are doing well.

Where to see: Until she's about three months - late this summer - the calf will spend the majority of her time off exhibit, but you might be able to catch a glimpse at Habitat Africa!

The Brookfield Zoo is open daily 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (7:30 p.m Sundays)


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