Meet Meghan, the okapi and newest resident at ZSL London Zoo. Named after Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s fiancée, to celebrate their forthcoming royal wedding on May, at St George’s Chapel Windsor, we think Meghan has star quality..
The name is particularly fitting because okapis, were coincidentally first brought to the world’s attention in 1901 by another Harry – ZSL fellow Sir Harry Johnstone.
Zookeeper Gemma Metcalf said: “A new birth is always cause for celebration, but Meghan’s important arrival is also a great opportunity to draw attention to the okapi, which is an extremely endangered species.”
After a 14-month gestation, it was a relatively speedy birth for first-time mum Oni, with the youngster emerging in just over half an hour (Saturday 9 December 2017) – it wasn’t long before keepers – watching on camera from the next room – saw the newborn rise up to take her first tentative steps towards her mum for a feed.
“We’re very pleased with how mother and baby are doing. Oni is being very attentive, making sure she regularly licks her clean and keeping a watchful eye over Meghan as she sleeps.”
An important addition to the Zoo family, Meghan, is already a great favourite among visitors to ZSL London Zoo. Let’s hope she gets a very special visitor soon too. Meghan Markle, come visit your adorable namesake. To find out more about okapis and the 18,000 other incredible animal residents at ZSL London Zoo visit www.zsl.org