I had a request from one of my readers to write about okapis. I really like okapis and enjoyed researching them.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- Amazingly for such a large animal, okapis weren’t discovered until 1901, when British explorer and naturalist Sir Harry Johnstone found them.
- Their stripes remind people of zebras, but they are closely related to giraffes and can grow to 2.5 metres tall.
- Baby okapis hide in vegetation and don’t do their first poo until they are a few months old. This is to protect them from predators who may be attracted by the smell.
- Their tongues are 18 inches long and only the male okapi has horns.
- They live in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about okapis?