Ashleigh Tuttle, Ms. Billings, 2 block, 2/5/16
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.
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- 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)
"About the Okapi." Okapi. A-Z Animals, 2008. Web. 3 February 2016.
Torres, John. Dominican Republic. Hockessin: Mitchell Lane, 2011. Print.