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The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

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The two male okapis. Photo: Patrick Bolger

DUBLIN Zoo has announced the arrival of two male okapis, the first ever on the island of Ireland.

The two male okapis  were offically unveiled as the latest members of the Dublin Zoo family.

Kamba is aged 14 and Kitabu is aged 6.

The pair arrived from Rotterdam Zoo earlier this month and are the first okapis in Ireland.

The okapi is originally found in the Ituri Rainforest, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in central Africa.

It is one of the last species of mammals to be discovered western science and even today it largely remains a mystery to zoologists.

For most people living in Ireland this will be their first opportunity to see the animals.

Director of Dublin Zoo Leo Oosterveghel said: “Okapi are a wonderful addition to the Dublin Zoo collection.

"It is a privilege to see such a rare and beautiful animal. They are a shy and sensitive animal and are still settling in so may not be visible every day."

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