OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU ANNOUNCE WORLD OKAPI DAY ACTIVITIES
October 15, 2019
Presented locally by Bob Moore Subaru, World Okapi Day is Friday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. World Okapi Day invites wildlife fans of all ages to learn more about okapi and how to help protect them. Event activities include conservation games, keeper chats, enrichment sessions, photo opportunities and more. The Zoo’s okapi habitat is located northwest of the giraffe habitat, across from the Asian deer yard. This event is free with Zoo admission.
“Okapi are such fantastic, unique animals and the Zoo is so fortunate to have this species in our care and to be able to spotlight them on World Okapi Day,” said Rebecca Snyder, OKC Zoo curator of conservation and science. “Unfortunately, like many animals, they are struggling to survive in the wild and it’s critical that steps be taken to help ensure they have a place in this world for generations to come.”
Guests attending World Okapi Day can also enjoy the Zoo’s annual Chomp and Stomp Halloween-themed enrichment event on Friday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. After the Zoo's conservation event, okapi fans 21-and-over can continue their support by visiting Vanessa House Beer Company, which is contributing 15 percent of sales from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. to okapi conservation! Vanessa House Beer Company is located at 118 Northwest 8th Street in Oklahoma City.
The Zoo – which has cared for okapi since 1973 – is currently home to three females: Mali, 26, Caroli, 15 and Kayin, 3. Okapi are a reclusive species known in the wild as “ghosts of the forest”. Related to giraffes, okapi are primary found in the Ituri Forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, okapi populations in the wild – estimated between 10,000 and 50,000 – are currently decreasing primarily because of habitat loss resulting from logging and human settlement. The presence of illegal armed groups around protected areas and poaching are also major threats. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums reports that the median life expectancy for okapis in human care is 16.4 years.
Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay connected with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. To learn more about other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.