Facts about Okapi

21 facts about Okapi

The animal was discovered in 1901

It was known locally in ancient Egypt, where a carved statue of this animal was found. Okapi is a very interesting, unusual animal with an interesting coat that allows it to hide perfectly in the brush. Is an endemic species living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the northeast of the Congo River. Western culture learned about Okapi in the early 20th century thanks to its discoverer Harry Johnston.
Okapi forest is a mammalian member of Giraffidae family and the only representative of the genus Okapia.
The common ancestor of okapi and giraffes lived in the world about 11.5 million years ago.
Okapi lives only in the Ituri equatorial forest in Central Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Europeans discovered okapi in 1901, previously they were known only to the local population.
The name okapi comes from the language of the local African tribe Mbuba from the word o'api.
Okapi grow up to about 2.1 meters in length and from 1.5 to 1.7 meters at the shoulder.
They have long legs and ears, and their tail reaches a length of 30 to 40 centimeters.
Although their color resembles that of zebras, okapis are related to giraffes.
Both okapi and giraffes have small horns on their heads.
The large number of rods in the eyes of these animals allows them to see in the dark.