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Zoo Baby Bios

Learn more about our youngest animals here at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.

Okapi
Photo of the baby Okapi. Photo of the baby Okapi.

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is wild about moms, including "Betty," an adult female okapi with male calf, "Bahati." At the Zoo's 2013 Karamu gala, the Emerick family of Tampa won the live auction opportunity to sponsor and name the calf. They selected a Swati name, Bahati, which means lucky. Bahati is just beginning to emerge from the newborn "nesting phase," a hiding behavior common and in the wild, providing protection from predators. He has grown from 64 pounds at birth on January 6, 2013, to more than 283 pounds in April (gaining 10-15 pounds per week). Once fully grown, Bahati could weigh more than 600 pounds and stand over 6 feet tall.

As of November 1st, Bahati weighs well over 400 pounds and has emerged from “nesting” phase and is now very active. Keepers report he loves to explore and investigate, romping around the yard and chasing birds. He’s also becoming more independent, starting to wean from mother Betty, preferring instead to dine on browse, grain and vegetation.