The okapi is the only existing cousin of the giraffe, discovered in the early 20th century. It lives in the Ituri Rainforest, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The okapi is an endangered species; it entirely depends on the forest for its survival and unfortunatelly its home happens to be the world's largest storage location of coltan.
Coltan (columbite-tantalite) is a metallic ore from which niobium and tantalum are extracted. Tantalum from coltan is used in electronic products (laptops, cell phones, digital cameras, gaming systems etc.). Uncontrolled coltan mining in the DRC is affecting the region, ruining its ecology, causing a rapid drop of the okapi population.
Electronic devices recycling reduces the need for more coltan. The less coltan is needed, the better for the okapi.
Zoo Wroclaw is the only place in Poland where you can meet this serene animal.
We are home to three okapis: Maiko, Nkosi amd Hazina.How can you help protecting okapi in its natural environment?
- visit a zoo involved in the okapi breeding program
- learn more about the forest giraffe and educate others
- recycle your electronics
- publish okapis pictures on social media using #okapiconservation and #worldokapiday
- change your cover photo on FB using one of the pictures available @ okapiconservationproject
- make a donation to the bank account dedicated to this cause: 48 1020 5226 0000 6202 0532 5677 with annotation: OKAPI. The entire amount will go toward okapi conservation in its natural habitat.
Zoo Wroclaw is now collecting old cell phones for recycling - the drop bin is located in the Customer Service Office.