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REPRO FREE 26/09/2013
In a first appearance on Irish shores
Dublin Zoo announces arrival of two male okapis
Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the addition of two male okapis to the Dublin Zoo family. Kamba aged 14 and Kitabu aged 6, arrived from Rotterdam Zoo this month and are the first okapis in Ireland.
The okapi is originally found in the Ituri Rainforest, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in central Africa. It is one of the last species of mammals to be described by western science and even today the okapi largely remains a mystery to the outside world. For most people living in Ireland this will be their first opportunity to see these extraordinary animals.
Director of Dublin Zoo Leo Oosterveghel said “Okapi are a wonderful addition to the Dublin Zoo collection. It is a privilege to see such a rare and beautiful animal. They are a shy and sensitive animal and are still settling in so may not be visible every day“.
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