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Two young okapi, cousins to the giraffe, are new additions to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Two young okapi, cousins to the giraffe, are new additions to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Two young okapi, an African forest mammal that looks like a cross between a giraffe and a zebra, have taken up residence in the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's giraffe house. The two okapi are half-brothers, on loan from the Dallas Zoo. Askari (ahz-kar-ee) is almost two years old, while Magani (mah-gah-nee) is one. They arrived at the zoo on Oct. 18. "The two arrived in fine shape after their 16-hour ride from Dallas to Baltimore," Mike McClure, the zoo's general curator, said in a press release. In the wild, okapi, sometimes referred to as "the short-necked giraffe of Africa," can be found in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They sport a dark...

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