5 Interesting Facts About Okapis


This is an okapi keeping an eye out for predators.

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:

  1. Amazingly for such a large animal, okapis weren’t discovered until 1901, when British explorer and naturalist Sir Harry Johnstone found them.
  2. Their stripes remind people of zebras, but they are closely related to giraffes and can grow to 2.5 metres tall.
  3. 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.
  4. Their tongues are 18 inches long and only the male okapi has horns.
  5. 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?

2 thoughts on “5 Interesting Facts About Okapis

  1. Thank you for putting this post up 🙂 The facts were really interesting and number 3 is going to be everyone’s favourite Okapi fact! I wanted you to do Okapis because I thought they were really mysterious.

    This blog is great!

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