Okapi

Okapi

Okapia johnstoni

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Quick Facts
Height: 5' - 6' at shoulder
Weight: Male: 440 - 660 lbs; Female: 500 - 750 lbs
Wild diet: Leaves, buds, and shoots of trees
Zoo Diet: Alfalfa hay, apples, bananas, greens, sweet potatoes, and carrots
Distribution: Central Africa and the north and northeast Democratic Republic of Congo
Habitat: Dense forests, preferring riverside areas and clearings where sunlight can penetrate to the forest floor
Description

Okapi are sexually dimorphic (2 distinct gender forms). Females are slightly taller/larger. Males have hide-covered ossicones (hornlike knobs), while females have bony bumps or hairy whorls. They have compact, dark brown bodies with downward sloping hindquarters. Their hindquarters, rump, and upper legs are marked with white stripes on a dark brown background, which make them difficult to see in the light and shadow of the forest.

Status in the Wild

The major threat to this species is habitat loss due to logging, human settlement, mining, and roads. Secondary threats are the bush meat trade and war/political instability.

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