DENVER — The Denver Zoo has added an okapi to its herd with 2-year-old Molimo now on exhibit after arriving from Disney’s Animal Kingdom in October.
Molimo (Mo-LEE-mo) was in a monthlong quarantine but now can be seen by visitors near the Elephant Passage.
Zoo officials hope to pair Molimo with a female for breeding in the spring. Zoo staff say the okapi is “laid back, playful” and “is settling in very well,” the zoo said in a statement. There are three other okapis at the zoo: Jabari, Sekele and Kalispell.
Okapis look like a cross between giraffes and zebras and is the only living relative to the giraffe, the zoo said.
They have reddish bodies, black-and-white striped legs and footlong purple, prehensile tongues. They are native only to the Congo.