Okapia johnstoni

Kristen O'Brian

Healdton, United States

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While at the zoo, I saw this wonderful animal that is just amazing in color and just as beautiful. It is called an Okapia johnstoni aka Okapi.

The velvet-like coat is generally dark chestnut-brown or purplish red in color, with distinctive pattern of horizontal stripes, much like those of a zebra, on the upper legs. The lower legs are white, with dark garters at the joints. The vaguely horse-like head is generally lighter, with a black muzzle, and is supported by a thick neck. The ears are large, and the black tongue is long and prehensile. The body is sloped, with the forequarters much higher than the rear. Males have two skin covered ‘horns’ or knobs on the forehead which develop between one and five years of age.

They live in dense, moist jungle near water throughout the Ituri Forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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