Calf management and the collection of physiological data for Okapi Okapia johnstoni: at Dallas Zoo



The survival rate of Okapi Okapia johnstoni calves born in captivity has been relatively low. At Dallas Zoo, over 32 years, 19 calves were born five of which died in their first year. In 1982 a series of neonatal health checks was instigated and infants are now sexed, weighed, measured and various other procedures carried out within 48 hours of parturition.