World’s oldest okapi dies at San Antonio Zoo

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Chuma, the okapi. Chuma was 29-years-old and was the oldest okapi in the world. He brought tremendous joy to staff and was awe-inspiring to guests who visited him daily. He will be greatly missed. A necropsy will determine cause of death. (Courtesy: San Antonio Zoological Society Facebook page)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio Zoo officials are working to determine the cause of death for an elderly okapi that died over the weekend. Spokeswoman Stacy McReynolds said on Monday that 29-year-old Chuma died early on Saturday and a necropsy will be performed to determine the cause. Zoo officials say he was the oldest known okapi in the world. McReynolds says Chuma was incredibly popular with staff and guests. She says he ate next to fences where visitors could watch.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Chuma, the okapi,” the San Antonio Zoo posted on its Facebook page. “He brought tremendous joy to staff and was awe-inspiring to guests who visited him daily. He will be greatly missed.”

The species is indigenous to the Democratic Republic of Congo and is related to giraffes. They are also called forest giraffe or zebra giraffe.

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