The Okapi

Ashleigh Tuttle, Ms. Billings, 2 block, 2/5/16

"Is it a horse? A zebra? A giraffe? No, it's an Okapi!"

National Geographic

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What is an Okapi?

  • An Okapi is an ancestor of a giraffe, with zebra-like strips, and a horse-like body.
  • It has a handy long neck to reach tall branches, and defend itself.
  • The Okapi has a red-brown colored fur coat with horizontal white striped markings on their legs that allow them to camouflage.
  • They have white ankles with a dark spot above each hoof.
  • They have very thick skin to help protect them from injury.
  • The Okapi has a long head and dark muzzle with large set-back ears which enable the Okapi to detect approaching predators easily.
  • It has a long black tongue, and can grab leaves and branches above.

("Okapi Anatomy and Appearance" 1)

What is the Okapi's culture?

  • The Okapi lives in the Dominican Republic where there are many rain forest.
  • It is a tropical region, so it is hot year around.
  • It rains a lot there, and there are many thunderstorms in the evening.

("John Torres" 21)

  • The Okapi relies on the thick foliage around them to hide for predators.
  • They live around slow moving water sources.
  • They are herbivores, so they only eats plants
  • They eat leaves, shoots, twigs, fruits, berries, and fungi on occasion .
  • The Okapi can eat other plants that are poisons to other animals and humans. they also eat a clay to get essential salt and minerals

("Okapi Distribution and Habitat" 1)

How does Okapi behave?

  • They are most active during the day and they roam paths searching for food.
  • They are very social with each other. They spend time to mother and they often feed in groups.
  • Males tend to occupy larger territories than females, but the territories often overlap.
  • They fight with their long necks with fellow males to compete during breeding season.
  • They claim territory by rubbing their necks on trees.

("Okapi Behaviour and Lifestyle"1)

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Works Cited

"About the Okapi." Okapi. A-Z Animals, 2008. Web. 3 February 2016.

Torres, John. Dominican Republic. Hockessin: Mitchell Lane,
2011. Print.