O Is For Okapi
are you looking at me?
The okapi is an unusual African animal that looks like it is related to the zebra, but really it's related to the giraffe. With all the varied colors and markings, this animal sort of looks like it was pieced together from lots of bits of other animals.
Okapi Standing Near Mother, San Diego,
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The okapi is a herd animal found in Africa. It looks like someone started to paint a zebra but then ran out of striped paint and so they just finished off with a burgundy-brown color!
Okapi live in forested areas of central Africa. They were only first discovered by Europeans and outsiders in the early 1900s but historians have found evidence that the ancient Egyptians knew about this mammal. Okapi are related most closely to giraffe, having very similar body types and diets.
The okapi has an unsually long tongue and is one of the few animals that is able to clean it's own eyes and ears!
What do Okapi eat?
Okapi are "browsers" which means they eat leaves from small plants and trees. Okapi will eat leaves from over 100 different types of plants, which makes finding food easy!
All Eyes On The Okapi - okapi videos and film clips
Learn About Okapis
- Okapia johnstoni
Okapis are found only in the tropical forests of northeastern Zaire. They prefer altitudes between 500 and 1,000 m, although they may venture above 1,000 m in the eastern montane rainforests.
- Mokapi - The Okapi
Did you know...
- Okapi Printout- EnchantedLearning.com
Okapi Printout. The Okapi is a giraffe-like mammal found in Congo River Basin rainforests of the upper Congo River in Africa. This nocturnal animal was only discovered by scientists in the early 1900's.
- San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Okapi
The okapi (oh-COP-ee) is a beautiful and unusual animal. With its white-and-black striped hindquarters and front legs, it looks like it must be related to zebras! But take a look at an okapi’s head and you’ll notice a resemblance to giraffes.
- BBC - Science & Nature - Wildfacts - Okapi
A solitary, forest-living member of the giraffe family with a dark velvety coat, white stripes on its rump and legs, and large ears.
- Okapi - Wikipedia
The okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is a mammal of the Ituri Rainforest in central Africa. Although it bears striped markings reminiscent of the zebra, it is most closely related to the giraffe.