Okapi Conservation

The okapi is an endemic species of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is the national conservation symbol of the country. As a flagship species, the okapi serves as an ambassador representing the incredible diversity of species found in the region.

White Oak has developed a significant captive breeding program for the okapi.  Dedicated facilities and trained staff provide excellent care in which the okapi thrive.  Specific research projects have been developed to learn more about the species’ unique biology and captive requirements and to allow us to provide optimal health, husbandry, and nutrition for the okapi.  White Oak also imported okapi from Africa, which have reproduced well in the climate and okapi management facilities here. These animals have contributed greatly to the growing captive okapi population, and serve as ambassadors and help generate support for the important wild okapi population and rainforest habitats and diversity in Africa.

Learn more about okapi here