Okapi

Okapi

Ócáipe

  • Scientific name: Okapia johnstoni
  • IUCN status: Endangered
  • Habitat: Democratic Republic of Congo - dense rainforests
  • Diet: Vegetation, fruit and fungi. They also eat charcoal from burnt trees to help neutralise toxins in the plants.

 

Don’t be fooled by the okapi’s stripes.  It is closely related to giraffes, not zebras. The shy okapi lives in dense rainforests in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its stripes help break up its body outline, making it hard to spot – so hard that western scientists didn’t know the species existed until 1901.
Okapi facts: 
- Okapis live from 20 to 30 years
- The grow to about 1.5m tall
- Their tongues grow to 35-45cm. They use them to wrap around leaves
- About 10,000 okapis remain in the wild

Okapi facts:

- Okapis live from 20 to 30 years

- The grow to about 1.5m tall

- Their tongues grow to 35-45cm. They use them to wrap around leaves

- About 10,000 okapis remain in the wild

 

Keeper’s Secret

An okapi’s large ears can swivel right round to pick up sounds in the forest 

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