Rare Baby Okapi Born at Dallas Zoo

By Greg Janda
|  Friday, Nov 1, 2013  |  Updated 11:36 AM CDT
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The new female baby, named "Almasi," is the 36th calf that has been born in the Dallas Zoo's breeding program for the rare African animal.

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Another rare baby okapi has been born at the Dallas Zoo.

The new female baby, named "Almasi," is the 36th calf that has been born in the Dallas Zoo's breeding program for the rare African animal.

“Almasi’s birth is another major success in efforts to ensure that this incredible animal species survives,” said Lynn Kramer, D.V.M., vice president of animal operations and welfare for the Dallas Zoo. “The Dallas Zoo has a long history of caring for and learning about okapi, and we will continue to be a leader in the fight to educate the world to protect these animals.”

Almasi, which means diamond in Swahili, was born Aug. 14, 2013, but will make her way into the main okapi habitat on Nov. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At birth, Almasi weighed 47 pounds but has grown to 190 so far. She'll eventually weigh more than 700 pounds when fully grown and could stand at more than 5 feet tall.

Take a look at the calf's experiments in learning to use her legs:

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