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Rare Baby Okapi Debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Rare Baby Okapi Debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Rare Baby Okapi Debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. “Join me in welcoming our newest baby okapi, Elijah!

Elijah was born last October and has been preparing for his big debut, TODAY!

The baby okapi was named after a special 50-year cast member named Elijah! He plays a critical role in maintaining the animal habitats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – from rhinos to okapi and everything in between. Because he is such a beloved cast member, we named this newest baby okapi after him!” – Dr Mark at Disney

Rare Baby Okapi Debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Rare Baby Okapi Debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Related: ‘Baby Mine’ – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes New Baby Elephant

Elijah is the first baby Okapi to make his debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom since 2012! This marks the 14th birth of this endangered species at Walt Disney World, and we’re overjoyed to see our okapi family continue to grow. When he was born in October, Elijah weighed 46 pounds, with the most adorable, yet huge ears. Today, he’s an impressive 165 pounds and has officially joined his mom onstage on Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail.

Rare Baby Okapi Debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Elijah the baby okapi on Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Rare Baby Okapi Debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Elijah’s birth, like many others in our park, is made possible with the help of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan. This program ensures the responsible breeding of this endangered species and other species that face threats like poaching and habitat loss.

Rare Baby Okapi Debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

What makes Elijah so special is his name, which honors a 50-year cast member!

Cast member Elijah first joined the Magic Kingdom Park in June 1973 and transferred to the horticulture department at Disney’s Animal Kingdom when it opened in 1998. He plays a critical role in maintaining the beautiful habitats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – from rhinos to okapi and everything in between – he creates environments that help ensure safety and promote enrichment for our animals at Walt Disney World. His passion and dedication to his role has made him a cherished cast member, and what better way to honor him than to name a rare okapi after him?

To learn more about okapi and our efforts to protect endangered and threatened species, visit DisneyAnimals.com.

Rare Baby Okapi Debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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