Successful strategies for hand-rearing underdeveloped Okapi Okapia johnstoni: a case study at Cincinnati Zoo

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The aim of publishing this paper is to add to the knowledge and aid hand-rearing of Okapi Okapia johnstoni in captivity. The calf in this case study had a mass of 10.92 kg at birth (expected mean mass at birth c. 19.6 kg, n= 7) and by the time it was 3 hours old it had not nursed or stood on its own. Hand-rearing strategies discussed include: plasma transfer, development and testing of a new milk formula for neonates, the need for interspecies interaction and successful reintroduction to the adult group. Miscellaneous medical procedures are also considered.

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