The Okapi

By: Anna

The Okapi Diet

Okapi are herbivores so their diet strictly consists of leaves, buds, twigs, fruit and other vegetation. They consume around 45 to 60 lbs a day of vegetation. Okapi are ruminants. Which means they have four chambered stomachs that allow a digestion of very tough plant matter. Occasionally, okapi eat the clay from riverbeds to meet their mineral and salt requirements.
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Fun Facts

  • Newborn okapi stand within the first 30 min after birth
  • Okapi's tongue is 18 inches long and can reach both its eyes and ears
  • Okapi have large ears and excellent hearing to know when danger is coming