On Saturday 28th October, 2017 a baby okapi was born to mother M’buti and father Ngwani. A wonderful gift to celebrate Rotterdam Zoo’s 160 year anniversary. The young is a male and currently doesn’t have a name. It was M’buti’s first baby which made us a bit more concerned about the birth but luckily all went smoothly. The baby was standing and had suckled within an hour of the birth (watch the video below).
This was the second okapi born in Rotterdam this year. Exactly six months ago (on 13th May) Kamina gave birth to Gerrit. In fact, Gerrit is actually the uncle of the newborn and Kamina became both mother and grandmother.
The new baby remains behind the scenes in the stall and is not visible for visitors. Newborn okapis remain ‘in the nest’; mother okapis leave their babies behind in a safe place and only return to suckle them. The young spend their days sleeping and drinking. Everyone can get a peep at the baby in the nursery via the webcams on the zoo website and via the Blijdorp-app.
Video: birth and first steps of Mboshi