Meet Romakari, an okapi that was born at the @okapiconservation project breeding and research center in Epulu, DRC, and has played a crucial role in maintaining genetic diversity of okapi in the U.S. after being brought to @WhiteOakConservation in 1991. Today, Romakari and 17 other okapi live at White Oak's Florida refuge as part of their successful conservation programs. The okapi has been referred to as a 'forest giraffe', and hides so well that, though nearly as large as a horse, it wasn't even discovered by western scientists until 1901. As the national animal of the Democratic Republic of Congo, it has been protected since 1933. However, due to political instability, illegal mining, deforestation and poaching, the species was declared endangered in 2013. Did you know that agriculture drives 80 percent of tropical deforestation? Thankfully the @rainforestalliance is an organization working to reverse deforestation through collaboration with farmers and communities. They have trained farmers in some of the world's most vulnerable landscapes to farm in a way that boost crop yields, conserves forests, protects streams and rivers, nurtures soil health, and supports the well-being of their communities. So far, 8.6 million acres of agricultural land are being managed sustainably. To learn more about the other work they do and follow their efforts visit @rainforestalliance.