In the pre-dawn darkness of Sunday, June 24, 2012, Mai Mai Simba rebels, led by a notorious elephant poacher known as Morgan, attacked the Okapi Conservation Project (OCP) in the village of Epulu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two rangers and four civilians were murdered; all 14 okapi on the reserve were slaughtered; 30 hostages seized; buildings burned and anything of value looted.
When the news of the Epulu tragedy emerged, Curator of Mammals Jeff Holland, who oversees all hoofstock at the LA Zoo including our pair of okapi, came to me and asked if we could send financial aid to help rebuild the conservation center and assist in the recovery of the village of Epulu. The OCP has been high on our list of conservation projects which GLAZA supports each year, and our response to this tragedy was immediate.
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President, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association