Animals of the world, Okapi

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  • The Okapi is a hoofed mammal that is placed along with the giraffe in the family Giraffidae. It is native to Congo, Central Africa
  • The coat of the okapi is sleek and deep brown, with the sides of the face greyish white, and the forehead and ears may have a dull reddish cast. The buttocks, thighs, and tops of the forelegs are horizontally striped with black and white, and the lower parts of the legs are white with black rings above the hooves.
  • The male has short horns that are completely covered by skin except at the tips. The horns slant backward. Most females do not possess horns, though they often display knobby bumps in their place.
  • The okapi also has a long, dark, prehensile tongue, just like a giraffe’s, to help it strip the buds and young leaves of its rainforest home. The tongue is also used to groom their ears and eyes.
  • The okapi stands about 1.5 m (4.9 ft) tall at the shoulder and its weight ranges from 200 to 350 kg (440 to 770 lbs)
  • They feed on tree leaves and buds, grasses, ferns, fruits, and fungi.
  • Okapis are primarily diurnal, but may be active for a few hours in darkness
  • Males migrate continuously, while females are sedentary. Males often mark territories and bushes with their urine, while females use common defecation sites.

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