Okapi have a chestnut-colored coat with white legs and stripes on their legs and haunches. Despite its coloration, there is no relation between the okapi and the zebra. Instead, the okapi’s closest living relative is the giraffe. Okapi are generally solitary, with male and female only coming together to mate. Although native Africans knew the okapi, it wasn’t discovered by the western world until around the turn of the 20th century.
- Conservation StatusVulnerable
- Life spanover 30 years
Body size400-700 lbs.
5 ft. at shoulder
- Native habitat Tropical forests of central Africa
- DietLeaves, shoots, buds