I’ve been out of the blog hop loop for a while, but I’m back in this week! Thanks to our host, Lisa of Babes in Disneyland!

This week’s theme is “Celebrations” and I can’t think of a better thing to celebrate than a new baby!

Back in August, I wrote about the new edition to the elephant family at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Next month, another new baby will make her debut on the savannah. On October 1, a baby okapi calf was born. She’s been spending her days backstage bonding with her mother before she goes out to explore the wider habitat. Okapi are generally shy, silent animals that live alone or in mother-calf pairs, making them extremely hard to find in the wild. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you may just get lucky enough to see one up close!

While they look like a member of the zebra family, zoologists believe they are actually the only living relative of the giraff. These animals live in the tropical rainforests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Unfortunately, that part of the world is extremely dangerous, and conservation work there can only be done when the worst of the fighting is going on elsewhere, making Disney’s work even more important. The Okapi are also threatened by poachers, who sell the meat and skins.

Learn more about the Okapi at the Okapi Conservation Project.

Want to see the new Okapi up close? Visit Take A Break Vacations to book your next trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!