The name is particularly fitting because okapis, were coincidentally first brought to the world’s attention in 1901 by another Harry – ZSL fellow Sir Harry Johnstone. Zookeeper Gemma Metcalf said: “A new birth is always cause for celebration, but Meghan’s important arrival is also a great opportunity to draw attention to the okapi, which is an extremely endangered species.”
After a 14-month gestation, it was a relatively speedy birth for first-time mum Oni, with the youngster emerging in just over half an hour (Saturday 9 December 2017) – it wasn’t long before keepers – watching on camera from the next room – saw the newborn rise up to take her first tentative steps towards mum for a feed.
“We’re very pleased with how mother and baby are doing. Oni is being very attentive, making sure she regularly licks her clean and keeping a watchful eye over Meghan as she sleeps.”
An important addition to the Zoo family, Meghan, is already a firm favourite among visitors. To find out more about okapis and the 18,000 other incredible residents at ZSL London Zoo visit: www.zsl.org
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