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