We are elated to share the first-ever footage of an okapi calf in the wild! This short, 20-second clip comes just over two months after we received footage of a pregnant female last year.
Due to her very progressed pregnancy, we believe she gave birth immediately following that early December 2017 footage. Naturally, the calf stayed hidden in the rainforest, most likely between large buttress roots, as the mother came and went to feed. After roughly two months, the calf began following the mother around, allowing us to capture this incredible footage. You can see the characteristic mane on the back of the neck and down its back, which the calf will gradually lose as it grows older. Okapi are one of the fastest growing ungulate species, and it won’t be long until this little one is full grown. Watch below.