Enjoy learning about the Okapi!
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-Height to shoulder: 5 feet
-Length: 6-7 feet
-Weight: 450-550 pounds
Okapis are unique animals.
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-live in dense forests around the Congo River Basin
-not territorial, but has definite sleeping and resting areas
-gives off scent between it's hooves to mark it's resting places
-travels in pairs or alone
-active by day
-eats leaves, seeds, fruit some grasses, ferns, and young shoots of
-can reach branches 10 feet above the ground
-uses it's tongue for getting food
-British Explorer, Sir Harry Johnston, was the first to discover these
animals, in the 1900's
-when it's skin and bones were examined it was found to be related to
-it actually is related to the giraffe
-hunted by poachers commercially
Links for More Information
-Wildlife Conservation Society