21 facts about Okapi

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11.Adult okapi weights about 250 kilograms.
12.These animals are active during the day, although they may also remain active in the early night hours.
13.They lead a lonely lifestyle, and they only pair together during the mating season.
The okapi territory is usually a few square kilometers.
In the case of males, the territory covers approximately 13 km², while females occupies 3 -5 km².
14.They are herbivores, the basis of their diet are leaves of trees and grass, but they also eat buds, fruits and mushrooms.
15.For unexplained reasons, okapis also eat charcoal from burned trees.
16.The gestational period lasts from 440 to 450 days and usually the mother gives birth to one young in August or September.
The new-born okapi weighs between 14 and 30 kilograms and is 80 centimeters high.
17.They are very alert and perceptive animals, when they find themselves in an emergency they hide in thickets, where it is difficult to spot them due to their masking color.
18.The first okapi was born in captivity in 1919 in the zoo of Antwerp.
19.In 1987, the "Okapi Conservation Project" program was launched to protect these animals.
In July 2012, the headquarters of the Okapi National Park was attacked by poachers. Attackers killed workers and bodyguards of the facility as well as 14 animals.
20.The okapi is one of the few mammals that can lick its own ears.
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21 facts about Okapi

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