ZooTampa at Lowry Park has supported Okapi conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for over 10 years as a partner of the Okapi Conservation Project (OCP). The Okapi Conservation Project has a long history of engaging the local communities, living in and around the Ituri Forest, to conserve and protect the remaining okapi and their habitat.
To celebrate World Okapi Day, the Democratic Republic of Congo has a huge celebration filled with a parade, a race, soccer matches, educational talks and prizes. ZooTampa is one of the sponsors of this event and it honors the local community’s support of okapi conservation. This celebration will take place in each of the five surrounding villages of the Ituri Forest where wild okapi live.
This is just one way that ZooTampa is working to save this incredible species around the globe.