Endangered okapi born at ZSL London Zoo

Zookeepers have named the newest arrival at ZSL London Zoo Meghan, after Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s fiancée - in celebration of this year’s forthcoming royal wedding. 

Meghan the okapi at ZSL London Zoo

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. 

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