Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Okapi


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Okapia johnstoni
PROFILE:

A diurnal browser of the thick tropical rain forest, the okapi curls its long, black, prehensile tongue around leaves and small branches to draw food into its mouth. While not identified as a distinct species until the early 1900s, the okapi was once thought to be related to the zebra. Okapi, in fact, are members of the giraffe family! 

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Cetartiodactyla (even-toed ungulate)
NATIVE TO:
Democratic Republic of Congo
CONSERVATION STATUS:
At Serious Risk
DIET:
Herbivore; selective folivore
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
zoos - up to 33 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary with the exception of mother-offspring pairs
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