Kingdom : Animalia
                        Class : Mammalia
                     Family : Giraffidae
      Scientific Name : Okapia johnstoni

                     Colour : Red, Brown, 
                                     Black, White
                Skin Type : Fur
                     Size(L) : 1.5m - 2m 
                                     (4.9ft - 6.5ft)
                     Weight : 200kg - 300kg
                                     (440lbs - 660lbs)

               Top Speed : 60kph (37mph)
                Life Span : 20 - 30 years
Distinctive Feature : Horizontal whitestripes
                                     on rear and legs
                 Fun Fact : Eats more than 100 
                                  different types of plant! 

  1. The Okapi is an elusive animals found in remote areas in the Central African forests.
  2. They are one of the last remaining ancestors of the Giraffe, though they look like deer.
  3. Distinctively, they have horizontal white stripes on their legs and rear.
  4. Their neck is also quite long in relation to the rest of their body.
  5. They have a black, prehensile tongue which helps them grab and hold leaves from tree branches.
  6. They inhabit dense tropical rainforests in north-eastern Congo and are trapped in the Ituri rainforest by unsuitable habitat on all four sides.
  7. Their population is quite stable through the Okapi wildlife reserve.
  8. They are extremely shy and elusive animals that are very hard to spot as the hide in thick vegetation.
  9. They are solitary animals that are also known to be territorial, marking their territories with urine.
  10. They are diurnal animals actively feeding during the day.
  11. They have an excellent sense of hearing and rely on it heavily as they cannot see far in the dense forests.
  12. They communicate amongst themselves through “chuff” sounds.
  13. The female okapi gives birth to a single calf after a 16-month gestation.
  14. The mother looks after the okapi calf till they are old enough to fend for themselves.
  15. They are herbivores, feeding on leaves, twigs, shoots, fruits, berries and other plant material.
  16. Their natural predators are leopards, servals and humans.
  17. Interestingly, their prehensile tongue is so ling, that it can clean its ears with it!
  18. Okapis were not even recognized as a distinct species till 1900, as they were confused to be forest zebra.

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