The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announces temporary COVID-19 closure but doesn't mention the Okapi

Andy Downing
These two cheetah cubs were born Feb. 19 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, which will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, over COVID-19 coronavirus concerns.

Okapi fans will have to wait a bit longer to get their Okapi fix with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announcing that it will close temporarily beginning on Monday, March 16. The closure is in response to growing COVID-19 concerns.

Previously, the Zoo announced it would close all indoor exhibits, leaving outdoor exhibits, like the Okapi enclosure, open to the public. News of the full closure accompanies warmer temperatures that could have potentially drawn animals outdoors that haven't been on view to the public through these long winter months, like the Okapi.

In a statement, the Zoo said while there have been no known cases of exposure to COVID-19 at the facility, the decision has been made "to further support efforts to reduce the rapid spread of the virus and to protect the health and well-being of Zoo staff and the community."

The press release made no mention of the magical animal that is the Okapi, which we imagine is chilling majestically and awaiting the public's return.