SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Potawatomi Zoo is set to become the first in the state to exhibit an endangered African species that’s a relative of the giraffe.
Both are males standing about 5 feet tall. They’re related to the giraffe but sport shorter necks, similar long ears and a long tongue.
Zoo executive director Marcy Dean calls 4-year-old Corky and 2-year-old Will “the boys” and says zoo staffers are enamored with them.
Dean tells The South Bend Tribune the okapi are a coup for the zoo because no other zoo in Indiana or Michigan has them.
She says only about 20 to 25 other U.S. zoos exhibit okapi.