Okapi

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Okapi
An okapi at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Giraffidae
Subfamily: Okapiinae
Genus: Okapia
Lankester, 1901
Species: O. johnstoni
Binomial name
Okapia johnstoni
(P.L. Sclater, 1901)
Range map

The Okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is an even-toed ungulate mammal from central Africa. With the Giraffe they form the family Giraffidae.

Appearance[change | edit source]

The okapi is has a reddish brown body, a whitish gray face, and white and black stripes on its legs. As it is closely related to the giraffes, the Okapi has a few features that link to a giraffes.

Life[change | edit source]

Okapis live in the rainforests of central Africa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

They are mostly active during the day. Okapis eat mostly leaves and buds from trees, but also grass, ferns, fruit, and fungi.

Okapis usually live alone. After 420 to 450 days of pregnancy the mother gives birth to one baby okapi, which drinks milk for up to 6 months. Okapis become mature when they are 4-5 years old. In captivity Okapis can become 30 or more years old.

Other information[change | edit source]

The Okapi was unknown and a mystery to western researchers for a long time. In the past, scientists thought that the Okapi was a mix between the giraffe and the zebra.

The International Society for Cryptozoology uses the Okapi as its symbol, because the Okapi was unknown for a long time.

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