SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Zoo opened a new animal enclosure this February to house the rare African Okapi.
Okapis are only found in one country on Earth: The Democratic Republic of Congo. Very few of the elusive African animals ever make it to zoological institutions in the United States. The Sacramento Zoo is the only place in Northern California where visitors can see them.
The large animal looks like a combination of a horse, zebra, and giraffe, and its unique markings make it easier for it to hide in the wild. Okapis are the closest living relatives to Giraffe.
In honor of the Okapi's arrival in Sacramento, the zoo is offering some weekend incentive. Visitors who come to the Sacramento Zoo wearing striped clothing will receive $1 off of general admission prices. Better hurry! This deal only goes through Feb. 18.
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The director of Sacramento Zoo at William Land Park, Jason Jacobs, is dreaming up the possibility of a brand new, and larger, zoo in the future.